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The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark, today (Wednesday, September 16th) issued his decision to confirm the compulsory purchase order which brings together the land required for the £1billion Westfield/Hammerson retail development in Croydon town centre.

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The CPO enables Croydon Council to use its powers to purchase the land and interests needed for the redevelopment. Greg Clark’s decision follows the recommendation of his Inspector, Paul Griffiths, who led the six-week inquiry in February and March of this year.

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The Inspector has also issued his report to the council recommending that a stopping up order (SUO) be made for Dingwall Avenue. The council will now consider the Inspector’s report in light of the remaining objections. The aim of the SUO is to close Dingwall Avenue as a public right of way so that it can be redeveloped as an entrance to a new anchor store.

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Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council, welcomed the announcement: “The redevelopment of the 1960s Whitgift Centre will reposition Croydon as the best place to shop, live and work in South London and the wider region in the 21st century.

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“We are absolutely delighted with today’s decision, and that we can now move forward with the Westfield-Hammerson development.”

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A spokesman for the Croydon Partnership, the joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson, said: “We will continue to work hard to reach agreement with those affected by the redevelopment and aim to achieve negotiated settlements with the vast majority of the owners and occupiers on the site over the coming months. Work on the scheme is progressing well, including the detailed design and negotiating with prospective retailers.”

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The Westfield/Hammerson scheme will see the existing Whitgift shopping centre transformed into a state-of-the-art retail, leisure and restaurant destination alongside hundreds of new homes, including affordable housing.

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The Whitgift redevelopment is part of a Croydon’s £5.25bn regeneration programme, which aims to deliver 23,500 new jobs and 8,500 homes in the town centre by 2031 – a delivery programme the size of Ebbsfleet in Kent, but in half the time.

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