// Plans to build a Croydon shopping centre have been put on hold by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield
// Westfield said the project “requires major redefinition”
// Westfield said the scheme was among £2.66 billion of projects removed from its pipeline
Plans for a new shopping centre in Croydon have been put on hold again after Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield said the project “requires major redefinition”.
Westfield said the scheme was among €3.2 billion (£2.66 billion) of projects removed from its pipeline “due to market or administrative circumstances,” Drapers reported.
However, in a joint statement with Hammerson, Westfield said it was “confident in Croydon as a destination and its potential for mixed-use development”.
The news comes after independent retailers in Croydon expressed their concerns over the delayed development in August last year.
The small businesses said the establishment would be “too little too late” to save Croydon’s retail environment.
The £1.4 billion proposal was first revealed in 2012, when shopping centre giants Westfield and Hammerson formed the Croydon Partnership to redevelop the Whitgift Centre and other retail units in Croydon’s town centre.
It was previously expected that construction would begin in September 2019, with the opening date slated for 2023.
However, Croydon Council leader councillor Tony Newman said at the time that he did not know when construction on the development would start.