Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has swiftly approved Westfield and Hammerson’s £1 billion scheme to regenerate Croydon town centre, the clearest evidence yet that there is unanimous political support for construction to commence as fast as possible.
As I mentioned earlier this week, Croydon Council’s Planning Committee granted outline planning permission on Monday. Now that the Mayor has given his approval, the application will be submitted to Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. I will be writing to him asking him not to call the application in given it is broadly consistent with national planning policy, the London Plan and the Croydon Plan.
I’ll update you as soon as I have more news to report but for now will leave you with a few words from Boris:
“This development will usher in a new era of prosperity for Croydon and help return it to its former glory”.
Amen to that.
UPDATE 28/11/13: Three MPs working together for Croydon
UPDATE 18/12/13: Westfield/Hammerson scheme clears another hurdle