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Khan approves £1.4bn regeneration plans for Croydon

Words: Laura Edgar
Croydon town centre / Martin Pettit

The Mayor of London has green-lit Croydon Partnership’s plans to revamp the Whitgift shopping centre, which will see more than 500,000 square metres of new shops and restaurants established.

Alison Butler, deputy leader and cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning at Croydon Council, 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.”

The joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson is expected to create 7,000 jobs, 1,000 new homes and provide the community with new leisure facilities and “rejuvenated” public spaces. Plans also feature space for future student accommodation or a hotel.

Khan gave his approval after Croydon Council’s planning committee approved the plans, which will see the city gain its third Westfield shopping centre alongside those in Shepherd’s Bush and Stratford.

He said: “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.”

John Burton OBE, Westfield UK/Europe’s head of development, 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.”

Image credit | Martin Pettit