Boris Johnson approves Westfield expansion plan

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has approved a £1bn plan to extend the Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherds Bush.

The scheme will be anchored by a John Lewis department store, the first in West London. It will also include restaurants and cafes, office space, and a new leisure complex and more than 1300 new homes.

It is expected that the expansion will create around 6,700 permanent new jobs.

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Johnson said: “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.”

The 230,000 sq ft John Lewis store will operate over four floors, creating approximately 600 new jobs.

John Lewis head of format development Tim Harrison said "This is very positive news. We look forward to bringing our offer closer to customers in West London. We will continue to work closely with Westfield during the next design stage and towards delivery of the shop for 2017."

The development sits within the White City Opportunity Area – one of more than 30 areas designated by the Mayor with significant capacity for new housing, commercial and other development.

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