Green light for £1.4 bn Croydon Westfield development

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved plans to overhaul the Whitgift shopping centre in Croydon, opening the way for the creation of more than 500,000 sq m of new shops and restaurants.

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The £1.4 billion project is a joint venture between shopping centre owners Westfield and Hammerson, which own some of the UK’s most popular shopping malls such as Westfield London and Bullring.

Sadiq Khan said the initiative marks “a crucial step forward” in the regeneration of Croydon town centre. “This development will play a key role in unlocking the borough’s potential and is set to deliver huge economic benefits to residents and businesses in the borough,” he said.

“As well as the creation of 7,000 jobs and the delivery of almost 1,000 new homes, it will also attract many visitors to its brand-new leisure facilities and public spaces. I’m confident the benefits of this scheme will be felt for generations to come.”

Hammerson’s Chief Investment Officer, Peter Cole, added: “This confirmation from the Mayor of London that he supports our proposals will give further confidence to retailers, investors and the community, giving us the mandate to deliver a transformative, world-class retail and leisure destination which is already stimulating the ongoing wider regeneration of Croydon.”

The shopping centre will be anchored by a flagship Marks & Spencer store, and other unnamed brands. Croydon Council deputy leader Alison Butlet said “today's green light brings us a step closer to the works getting under way”, however work on the demolition of the Whitgift centre is expected to start in 2019. 

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