Hammerson and Westfield plans for Whitgift Centre win approval

Kasmira Jefford
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PLANS for the £1bn redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre in Croydon were given the go-ahead by the council’s planning committee last night.

Developers Westfield and Hammerson have been granted outline planning consent to convert the tired 1960s shopping centre into a 1.5m square feet retail and leisure destination with 600 new homes.

The scheme, which will combine the adjacent Centrale shopping centre, also includes a cinema, bowling, restaurants and cafes.

Westfield and Hammerson made peace in January and decided to develop the centre together after a long-running battle over the development of the 42 year-old site.

The pair will now seek approval from the Mayor of London Boris Johnson before working on detailed plans for the scheme, which will combine feature from both Hammerson and Westfield’s original designs .

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