Westfield Stratford

Mega Malls - what’s the impact?

20 November 2017

A huge new Westfield Shopping Centre in Croydon was approved last week.

The redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre will include over 300 shops, restaurants and cafés and up to 967 new homes.

Brent Cross London will also be redeveloped and almost doubled in size, with 2 million square feet of retail and leisure space and up to 150 new retail stores.

Developments of this scale will have big impact on the local area, bringing new jobs and homes - but will existing communities be negatively affected?

Over-crowding, loss of business and a strain on public services are all issues that may be felt by existing communities and businesses.

What impact do mega shopping centres have on town centres? Can local people really benefit in terms of jobs, skills, housing and social infrastructure? How do they fit into the Mayor’s concept of ‘good growth’ for town centres?

The London Assembly Regeneration Committee will tomorrow discuss large scale retail developments in a number of town centres in London, including Croydon, Brent Cross Cricklewood and Stratford.

  • Jo Negrini, Chief Executive, LB Croydon
  • Robin Cooper, Head of Regeneration, LB Newham
  • David Byrne, Principal, Barnet Southgate College
  • Paulette Singer, Resident in Brent Cross Cricklewood area and Founding Member, Clitterhouse Farm Project
  • Louise Duggan, Area Manager – North West Regeneration Team, Greater London Authority (GLA)

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, 21 November from 10:00am in The Chamber,  City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend.


The meeting can also be viewed LIVE via webcast or YouTube 

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Notes to editors

  1. Full agenda papers.
  2. Navin Shah AM, Chair of the Regeneration Committee is available for interview – please see contact details below.
  3. Regeneration Committee.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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