Revised plans for a £1.4bn redevelopment of Croydon’s Whitgift Centre have been approved.
The Croydon Partnership, a joint venture between developers Westfield and Hammerson, has announced that it has received resolution to grant outline planning consent from the London Borough of Croydon for its upgraded plans.
The redevelopment will deliver more than 1.5m sq ft of retail and leisure space, and will include a new flagship Marks & Spencer store, a 24-hour public walkway, and up to 1,000 new homes adjoining the redeveloped mall.
Construction is due to begin in 2019, allowing the Whitgift Centre to continue trading through Christmas 2018.
John Burton, Westfield UK and Europe’s head of development, said: “The approval of the £1.4bn plans to redevelop the Whitgift Centre represents a significant milestone for the project and for Croydon. Retail regeneration projects have a proven track record to deliver transformation and regeneration which is evidenced by the £5.25bn of inward investment planned for Croydon.
“The positive response from London Borough of Croydon provides confidence to retailers, investors and the community, enabling the Croydon Partnership to create south London’s best retail, dining and leisure destination and deliver new homes and 7,000 jobs.”