Boroughs | Hillingdon




Map Key

  • Investment Opportunities
  • Opportunity Areas
  • Area of Intensification
  • Central activity Zone

Town Centres

  • International or metropolitan
  • Major
  • District
  • Borough Boundary
  • Green Belt
  • Metropolitan open land / Other open spaces
  • Rail station
  • Railway track
  • Foreshore
  • Water

Connected for business, made for living. That's Hillingdon.

Probably the best-connected borough in London, with Heathrow Airport and RAF Northolt (which also supports commercial and passenger flights), excellent rail and road connectivity and the new Elizabeth line.

Home to a host of large companies such as Coca Cola, British Airways and Cannon UK, Hillingdon is also home to thousands of small and medium sized businesses and an ever- increasing logistics sector.

As well as having a thriving economy Hillingdon is simply a great place to live with thriving town centres; 67 award-winning Green Flag parks and open spaces, miles of canals, lakes and rivers and excellent leisure and community facilities.


Population projections 2021 310,497

Population projections 2050 352,345


London plan new homes (ten-year target) 10,380

Building council homes for Londoners (four-year programme) 347

  • Hillingdon is located in the northwest part of Greater London. It is the westernmost borough and borders the counties of Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. It is also the second largest borough in London, covering 115 square kilometres (44 square miles). 
  • Hillingdon is known for its extensive green spaces and parks, including Ruislip Woods, which is one of the largest ancient woodlands in Greater London. Other notable green areas include the Colne Valley Regional Park and the Grand Union Canal corridor. 
  • The London Borough of Hillingdon is home to Uxbridge Metropolitan Centre and five district town centres, including Hayes and Yiewsley/ West Drayton. Just outside Uxbridge is the Brunel University campus, and further south is Stockley Park Business Park. 
  • Hillingdon has very strong strategic transport links. It contains one of the busiest airports in the world, Heathrow, alongside the smaller RAF Northolt in the north of the borough.  There is access to central London via the Metropolitan, Piccadilly, Central and Elizabeth Lines and national railway services. There is also direct access to the M4, M25 and M40 motorways. 
  • The borough has a diverse economy, with sectors such as aviation, logistics, healthcare and education playing significant roles. Other sectors actively investing in the borough include data centres, film studios, hospitality and health care. 
  • The council has begun developing its new Local Plan and will conduct an options consultation in Spring 2025 to set a new vision for the borough. The Council has also undertaken a Call for Sites and is reviewing potential development opportunities. 
  • The regeneration of Uxbridge town centre is a key focus, with a new strategy prepared to drive investment and encourage the growth of residential, leisure and business. Key opportunities in Uxbridge include diversifying land uses, reconnecting the town centre to surrounding neighbourhoods and green space and addressing housing needs. A consultation on the draft strategy will take place in the summer of 2024. 

Mathieu Rogers, Head of Strategic Planning and Regeneration

“We have a strong reputation for attracting major investment to the borough and are continuing to work with developers and businesses to revitalise Hillingdon and help to create new homes and jobs for local people. We also recognise the benefits that our town centre investment programme brings to the borough’s high streets to ensure they are modern, attractive and pleasant places to live, work and visit.”

Cllr Ian Edwards, Leader of Hillingdon


A Thriving Economy

We are actively working with local businesses and partners to create a borough where businesses grow within a strong economy, and local people can improve their skills and enjoy good quality jobs.


We will:

  • Work with partners and local businesses to promote investment and business growth, including attracting new companies to the borough.

  • Procure services that supports local businesses and adds social value.

  • Work in partnership with local employers and other stakeholders to provide opportunities for residents to learn new skills, to find local jobs and progress into better-quality jobs.

  • Strengthen the digital infrastructure in the borough.

  • Create opportunities for investment in sustainable local infrastructure to support economic growth.

  • Work with partners to help tackle low pay.

  • Support thriving multi-purpose, viable town centres, including estate regeneration, creating a new master plan for Uxbridge and exploring similar opportunities for other areas of the borough.

  • Target support to help residents out of financial hardship.