Yesterday Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, approved Westfield and Hammerson’s £1 billion scheme to regenerate Croydon town centre. It now goes to the Government, specifically to Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
He has the option to ‘call in’ the application – in other words, to decide that the scheme is sufficiently important that he, rather than Croydon Council and Boris, should determine it.
Given that the scheme is broadly consistent with national planning policy, the London Plan and the Croydon Plan and enjoys support from both political groups on Croydon Council, Richard Ottaway MP, Steve Reed MP and I have today written to ask the Secretary of State not to exercise his power to call in the application so that it can progress as quickly as possible.
You can see a copy of the letter here:
Many residents often contact me about the partisan nature of politics, wishing that politicians of different parties could work together more often. On this issue, that is so critical to the future of the town, we are doing just that.
UPDATE 18/12/13: Westfield/Hammerson scheme clears another hurdle