Councillors met with planners for Croydon shopping centre’s ‘productive’ meeting

A hotel, more offices and fewer parking spaces could all be part of revised plans for Croydon’s Westfield development.

But a date on when work will start has still not been confirmed.

On Thursday of last week, eight months since it was announced that the £1.4billion shopping centre was being reviewed, councillors met with Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and Hammerson, who are behind the plans.

Croydon council leader Tony Newman described it as a “productive and encouraging” meeting.

Progress on the revised scheme was discussed. The proposals include more offices and co-working spaces, a hotel and homes alongside retail.

The company is also considering including fewer parking spaces as well as keeping some existing buildings – which the council supports for sustainability reasons.

Mr Newman said: “The new proposals look impressive, improve Croydon’s existing offer and crucially, are more sustainable and fit for the future. I look forward to the partnership being able to share more information with Croydon residents in the future.”

Uncertainty and delays have meant shops in the Whitgift Centre have been struggling, with many leaving or unwilling to invest in their businesses The Croydon Partnership, which combines Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and Hammerson, has agreed to invest and improve the town centre in the meantime.

A spokesman for the partnership said: “We were encouraged by the council’s response to our initial thinking and appreciate their constructive approach to bringing a scheme forward, proving the direction we are moving in is the right one for Croydon.

“There is still much work to do to finalise this proposal and ensure it meets the future needs of retailers, residents and consumers, in a climate of continued economic and retail uncertainty.

“We hope to be able to share more progress soon.”

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