Shopping centres are being seem as desirable places to live once again according to a report in this week’s Estates Gazette.
It outlines how a third of all shopping centres in London, including Croydon’s Whitgift Centre, have plans for redevelopment with each planning a residential element.
Westfield and Hammerson, who are jointly bringing forward the town’s plans under the Croydon Partnership banner, are proposing to build 967 homes as part of their proposals which will more than treble the size of the existing 1960s centre.
Ken Ford, executive director of Capital & Regional, told Estates Gazette: “There is a huge opportunity to reposition many town centre sites and make them more relevant to how people want to spend their time and money in the 21st century.
“This means a more diverse retail mix, but also a broader range of uses beyond retail including more restaurants, cinemas, gyms and of course homes.”
Only the existing Westfields at Stratford City and White City plus Elephant and Castle town centre are set to include more homes in their schemes than Croydon.
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