A Barking and Dagenham delegation attended MIPIM, the global property event in Cannes, for the first time this year, to promote the borough as ‘London’s growth opportunity’.
Events during the week (10 - 13 March) included a well-attended panel discussion with Darren Rodwell, the leader of the council, who was joined by Richard Blakeway, deputy mayor for housing, land and property; David Lunts, executive director of housing and land at the Greater London Authority; Olivier Soulier, deputy director at Bouygues and Richard Cherry, CEO of Countryside Properties.
Rodwell addressed more than 100 people from the property and development sector at a London Chamber of Commerce breakfast event, where he said Barking and Dagenham offered huge opportunities for growth.
“London is pulsing again,” he said. “It did about 90 years ago when Barking and Dagenham was formed, but a lot has changed in 90 years. We are no longer two English towns with a village mentality. We are a borough that needs to grow, for London to become the mega city we want it to be."
“London can’t go north, west or south – that leaves us,” he added.
Rodwell added that the borough has the potential to provide 35,000 homes and 10,000 jobs over the next 20 years but said that the private and public sector need to work together to achieve this.
A leader’s post-MIPIM reception is proposed for the 20 April to follow up the many contacts the council made at the event.
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