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Boris Johnson gives go-ahead to Westfield London extension

Boris Johnson has given the greenlight for the £1bn extension of Westfield London in Shepherds Bush, which will be anchored by John Lewis.

The 230,000 sq ft John Lewis store - its first in west London - will operate across four floors and create 600 jobs. The store will open in 2017.

Westfield intends to extend the 1.6 million sq ft centre in White City by a further 800,000 sq ft of shops and leisure facilities in derelict land north of the site which includes the former White City Industrial Estate.

The development will also include restaurants and cafes, office space, a children’s play space and a new leisure complex. It is expected that the expansion will create around 6,700 permanent new jobs.

Johnson said: “Westfield has had a transformational impact on Shepherds Bush and White City, kickstarting widespread social and economic regeneration. This expansion will create thousands of much-needed new homes and jobs and ensure that the area remains one of west London’s leading shopping destinations for many years to come.”

Tim Harrison, head of format development at John Lewis, said: “This is very positive news. We look forward to bringing our offer closer to customers in west London. We will continue to work closely with Westfield during the next design stage and towards delivery of the shop for 2017.”

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