Croydon public backs new Whitgift plans
Published: 23 June, 2016
Croydon Partnership receives overwhelming support for updated redevelopment proposals
The Croydon Partnership has received strong support from local businesses and residents in response to the updated plans for the £1.4bn regeneration of Croydon’s Whitgift shopping centre during the recent consultation.
An estimated 4,500 people attended last month’s four day consultation at the Whitgift Centre which gave the local community and visitors the opportunity to find out about Westfield and Hammerson’s proposed upgrades to the previously consented scheme.
The enhanced plans include a new Marks & Spencer store, the addition of a third level of retail, the possibility of increasing the number of homes and improved public realm. The revised plans continue to deliver over 1.5m sq ft of retail incorporating the key masterplan and design principles from the consented scheme.
Over 90 per cent of respondents are either ‘very supportive’ or ‘supportive’ of the updated plans as a whole and the upgraded weather-protected Galleria and 24 hour east-west route. Significantly, 95.7 per cent of total respondents believe that the redevelopment is ‘important’ or ‘very important’ in assisting with the wider regeneration of Croydon and further investment into the Growth Zone.
Carolyn Kenney, Development Director, Hammerson, said: “The results clearly demonstrate the extent of local support and the fact that 82 per cent of respondents said they were more likely to visit Croydon more frequently once the development completes is a clear indication of the positive impact this regeneration project will have on the town.”