£1bn Westfield expansion in London gets green signal

1 June 2014 (Last Updated June 1st, 2014 18:30)

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has given the go-ahead for the expansion of Westfield shopping centre in Shepherds Bush, London.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has given the go-ahead for the expansion of Westfield shopping centre in Shepherds Bush, London.

The £1bn expansion programme will see the construction of 1,347 homes, the first John Lewis department store in West London, restaurants, cafés, office space, a children's play space and a new leisure complex.

Of the total number of homes, which will be built by developer Westfield Shoppingtowns, 162 will be affordable homes, 40% of which will be available for social rent.

"This expansion will create thousands of much-needed new homes and jobs and ensure that the area remains one of West London's leading shopping destinations."

The project is expected to create around 6,700 permanent new jobs in the area, including the 600 new jobs at the new 230,000ft² John Lewis store.

Johnson said that Westfield has had a transformational impact on Shepherds Bush and White City, kickstarting widespread social and economic regeneration.

"This expansion will create thousands of much-needed new homes and jobs and ensure that the area remains one of West London's leading shopping destinations for many years to come," Johnson said.

The entire development comes within the White City opportunity area, which is one of the 30 areas selected by Johnson for new housing, commercial and other developments, including a revamp of the former BBC Television Centre in Wood Lane and construction of a new campus for Imperial College, Imperial West.

A total of 5,000 homes and 10,000 jobs are anticipated from the development of the White City opportunity area.