Westfield eyes Croydon mall

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WESTFIELD has submitted plans for a new shopping centre in Croydon.

The Australian mall firm hopes to redevelop the Whitgift Centre in the middle of Croydon into its third London site, and has pledged to deliver 5,000 permanent jobs and new travel links.

The firm added yesterday that retailers operating in the existing shopping centre will have the chance to continue trading while the work takes place.

Croydon Council is expected to decide on the plans for a 1.5m square foot mall in January.

The Whitgift Foundation, which owns the freehold to the site, repeated its backing of Westfield’s scheme yesterday.

Rival property firm Hammerson, which is also vying to build at Whitgift, is yet to submit its planning application.