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More than 91 per cent of Develop Croydon Conference delegates are confident the borough can deliver on its promises to become a 21st century Space Age CitThe y.

That was the final verdict after a day of debate on the boroughs future attended by senior business figures and political leaders.

The confidence figure rose by eight percentage points from the start of the Placemaking Croydon event as the seventh conference to be organised on behalf of Develop Croydon by White Label was rated the best yet. Click here

Here are some of the other headlines from an action-packed day:

BARWELL: GOVERNMENT BACKS CROYDON’S HOUSING AMBITIONS

Housing minister Gavin Barwell told the Develop Croydon Conference the government would help the borough deliver the homes it needs to deal with the housing crisis.In a video address he said: “The government stands full square behind the council’s ambitions to get our town building the homes our district needs.” Click here

WESTFIELD BUILDING A RETAIL MIX FOR ‘GENERATION RENT’

Generation rent is taking hold on the high street and will form part of the vision when Croydon houses the capital’s third Westfield. John Burton, head of development for Westfield, said embracing changing shopping habits was key to the success of the Croydon Partnership’s £1.4billion replacement for the Whitgift Centre. Click here

LEEDS SUCCESS STORY CAN BE MIRRORED BY £1.4bn WHITGIFT

One of the major developers behind the £1.4billion Whitgift plans intends to replicate the success of a scheme which has boosted Leeds’ footfall by 15 per cent. Victoria Quarter, a luxury retail destination was brought forward by Hammerson. Development director Robin Dobson said: “It is akin to what we’re trying to achieve in Croydon.” Click here

BODY SHOP MOVE IS POSITIVE DESPITE ISSUES ON THE LINE

The Body Shop has hailed its moved to Croydon but admitted the Southern Railway dispute has upset staff since moving 200 people from London Bridge to Knollys House. Alex King, head of internal communications, said: “Businesses need to talk up Croydon – there is so much that is positive about Croydon.” Click here

EVERYONE HAS A PLACE IN OUR BOROUGH SAYS DEPUTY LEADER

Croydon Council deputy leader Alison Butler told the Develop Croydon Conference that it was important to have a housing policy that ensures everyone has a place in the borough’s future, whatever their background. She was speaking on a panel debate about how Croydon can deliver the homes needed to sustain a coherent community.Click here

CROYDON AND GATWICK UNITED BY THEIR GROWTH AMBITIONS

Croydon will benefit from increasingly closer links with Gatwick Airport, irrespective of expansion proposals, according to former transport minister Steve Norris. In his role as co-chair of the Gatwick Growth Board, Mr Norris outlined work being done over the next decade to improve an airport with over 40million passengers a year. Click here

JULES PIPE BELIEVES CROYDON CAN DELIVER ‘GOOD GROWTH’

Croydon can lead the way in providing the “good growth” that London needs to become a fairer city according to a senior City Hall figure. In his address to the Develop Croydon Conference, Jules Pipe – deputy mayor of London for planning, regeneration and skills – stressed the GLA’s focus on ensuring growth works for all Londoners. Click here

MARK EASTON: CROYDON HAS THE RECIPE TO BE A SUCCESS

Develop Croydon Conference chair Mark Easton believes Croydon is on the right track after a day of debate at town centre venues. “Genuinely, I think today has been really inspirational,” said Mr Easton, who is BBC Home editor. “There’s been some fascinating discussion, sometimes tetchy argument, but it’s all been in a good cause.” Click here

For more from the day visit www.developcroydonconference.com