Whitgift Centre CPO Inquiry Report Delay
As we enter July, the Planning Inspector’s’ report on the CPO Inquiry has not yet been published. There is no indication of when it will be published. The Inquiry closed on 13 March. This may reflect the time needed to make sense of the complicated issues involved on which the Inspector will decide whether to recommend approval with or without conditions or rejection. The documentation at the Inquiry can be seen at
Are Questions on Bradford Westfield applicable to Croydon?
In a letter to the Bradford Telegraph & Argus, reader Keith Rayner comments on the town centre context of the city’s town centre Whitgift scheme, which may be applicable to Croydon.
‘Is Bradford missing a great opportunity to regenerate? The building of the Westfield Centre was a great incentive for the council to push forward the importance of this event in the city’s regeneration.
Offers of cheaper rent and rates on empty properties so the entire city centre would be alive and prospering at the time the Westfield Centre opened would have been a great move.
It seems to me that the council are relying on the Westfield Centre to cure all their ills. The Westfield Centre probably occupies less than 10 per cent of the city’s retail area.
How long will the Westfield Centre survive if the other 90 per cent of the city centre continues to become more derelict? It isn’t too late, however. Act now and consider the worth of the rest of the city centre before it is too late.’
Hammerson and Westfield News
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