Topics discussed at the eighth Sitematch London event yesterday (7 February) included: the importance of good developer and local authority partnerships, highlighting how crucial affordable housing is in the UK, and a need for the industry to stop talking about "good growth".
Basildon is having considerable success in attracting businesses to the borough and encouraging developers and investors to make the best of significant opportunities in the town.
It has become Southwark council leader Peter John's mantra: "This is the best borough, in the best city, in the best country in the world" – words he repeated on 4 December at Lendlease's Elephant Park suite in Elephant and Castle, at an event to mark the 20th edition of Southwark magazine.
Representatives from 12 councils came together with leading investors, developers and regional stakeholders to highlight and discuss opportunities in west and west of west London and the Thames Valley yesterday (22 November).
With the famed Pinewood studios nearby, the creative industries are a real opportunity for Slough, according to the local council.
The skyline of Slough could change with more tall buildings on the horizon...
The decision last summer to approve Heathrow's third runway has caused division among the London boroughs surrounding the airport.
Caroline Low, director of Heathrow expansion at the Department of Transport, has said growth in sustainable travel in the Western Corridor will only come from better rail links.
Elaine Rossall, JLL's head of UK offices research, believes the construction of the Elizabeth line is a catalyst for more offices to be built in town centres in the Western Corridor (west and west of London).
Heathrow's expansion is key to it remaining the UK's main transport hub, while creating thousands of new jobs in and around the airport, according to Phil Wilbraham, expansion programme director for Heathrow.
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