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Thu 19 July: Croydon's Strategic Planning Committee (Will Brent Cross's Hammerson Lose? Will Westfield Win?)

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(Meeting details)

"Ref: 11/03557/PRE
Location: Whitgift Centre, North End, Croydon
Ward: Fairfield
Description: Redevelopment of the Whitgift Shopping Centre site consisting of a
mixed use retail led development including offices for centre
management, B1 offices, residential units, retail uses (A1-A5), leisure,
car parking, publically accessible public realm and other ancillary
Drawing Nos: Pre-application submissions to date
Applicant: Westfield Shoppingtowns Limited"

"This proposed development is being reported to committee to enable members of the committee to view it at an early stage and to comment upon it. The development does not constitute an application for planning permission and any comments made upon it are provisional and subject to full consideration of any subsequent application and the comments received as a result of consultation, publicity and notification.

"... This is the second presentation to committee, having previously been presented on 17th May 2012. At that meeting the committee raised the following issues:
  • Car parking numbers and traffic modelling
  • Types of tenant
  • Parking demands from uses – long stay
  • Wider benefits to Croydon Metropolitan Centre
  • Importance of cinema for viability
  • Traffic and the wider road network impact
  • Quantum of residential and the affordable offer
  • Important links north to London Road
  • Impact on small independent retailers
  • Phasing and continuity of the Croydon Metropolitan Centre
  • Deliverability of the scheme
  • Permeability
  • Active frontages along Wellesley Road
  • Residential towers separate from retail possibility
  • Children offer
  • Public transport
  • Park and ride opportunities
  • Local employment.
"... The main planning issues raised by the development that the committee should be aware of are:
  1. Croydon Metropolitan Centre
  2. Principle of Development
  3. Townscape and Visual Impact
  4. Heritage Assets
  5. Public Realm and Landscaping
  6. Transportation, Access and Parking
  7. Amenity Considerations
  8. Amenities of Future Occupiers
  9. Sustainability."

Link to Westfield Croydon web site

Link to Croydon Guardian

Croydon Guardian: "Bradford plight a warning to Croydon's Westfield plans"

"Croydon was warned off a Westfield development by Bradford residents whose multi-million pound shopping centre remains a massive hole in the ground.

"Westfield, which hopes to redevelop The Whitgift Centre , took control of a planned development in the centre of Bradford in 2004 with plans to create a £389m shopping centre anchored on department stores BHS, Debenhams and Marks and Spencers.

"Following demolition of the existing Forster Square, the 12-acre site has remained empty ever since and is referred to as the Bradford Hole among residents."

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