Croydon Partnership’s plans for the restoration of the Whitgift shopping centre have been given the go ahead by Sadiq Khan.
These plans are anticipated to see over 500,000 square meters of new shops and restaurants opened.
The deputy leader and cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning at Croydon Council, Alison Butler, said;
“The redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre will transform Croydon town centre and today’s green light brings us a step closer to the works getting under way.”
It is anticipated that the Westfield and Hammerson joint venture will generate:
- 7,000 jobs,
- 1,000 new homes
- new leisure facilities,
- refreshed public spaces.
Additionally, the plans include space that could be used for student accommodation or a hotel in the future.
The approval was granted by Khan following Croydon Council’s planning committee approving the plans.
Together with Shepherd’s Bush and Stratford, this will be the cities third Westfield shopping centre.
Khan said the following:
“Today 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. 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.”
Westfield UK/Europe’s head of development, John Burton OBE, said;
“The London Borough of Croydon responded positively to our revised outline planning application, and we’re pleased that this has now been approved by the mayor. Our plans will help establish Croydon as South London’s best retail, dining and leisure destination and deliver new homes and 7,000 jobs.”
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