Revised Croydon plans submitted

Published:  24 October, 2016

Croydon Partnership submits application for enhanced Croydon scheme

The Croydon Partnership, the joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson, has submitted a revised outline planning application to Croydon Council for its upgraded plans for the £1.4bn redevelopment of the Whitgift shopping centre. The development aims to restore Croydon to its place in the UK’s top 10 shopping and entertainment destinations

The revised application, while still delivering over 1.5m sq ft of retail and leisure floorspace, sees the addition of a third storey of retail and restaurants, and a brand new Marks & Spencer store. The plans also incorporate improved connectivity, including a covered 24/7 public walkway, the East-West Galleria, as well as provision for up to 1,000 new homes.

Recent public consultation saw over 90 per cent of respondents being ‘supportive’ or ‘very supportive’ of the updated plans. A decision on the planning application is expected in early 2017 and, subject to planning and achieving pre-letting targets, main construction would commence in 2018 with a 3.5-year construction programme.

Peter Cole, Hammerson’s chief investment officer, said: “Since securing the original consent we have seen an encouraging level of retail demand with Marks & Spencer requiring a new flagship store which has driven the design evolution. Following a successful resolution of the outline application, we will be advancing the detailed scheme designs, while continuing discussions with retailers ahead of undertaking enabling works.”

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