Gatwick Airport commitment underlines belief that Croydon’s time is now

By - Tuesday 2nd December, 2014

Optimism summed up the mood of the Develop Croydon Conference at Fairfield Hall on Tuesday 25th November, with 90 per cent of delegates declaring themselves “confident” or “very confident” about the area’s future. 

Jo Negrini, Croydon Council’s Executive Director Development and Environment, speaking on Tuesday.
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Release begins: The poll came at the end of the day-long event at Fairfield Halls on Tuesday, November 25, at which Gatwick Airport joined the major developers behind Croydon’s new shopping centre to reinforce the message that “Croydon’s Time is Now” at the fifth Develop Croydon Conference, hosted by broadcaster Mark Easton.

Stewart Wingate, chief executive of Gatwick Airport, joined Croydon Council leader Tony Newman on stage to sign a Memorandum of Understanding – a partnership guaranteeing a host of benefits to the borough should a second runway be approved.

The agreement includes a commitment to education, training and commitment to ensure Croydon people get apprenticeships and are well position to take advantage of the tens of thousands of jobs that expansion would create, by identifying ways for Croydon businesses to become part of the Gatwick supply chain, a commitment for the airport to help fund the delivery of new homes and to ensure significant improvements to the local transport airport.

Mr Wingate said: “Croydon is ideally placed to take advantage of Gatwick expansion, benefitting from jobs, skils, apprenticeships and resources for infrastructure.

“When you look at the second runway you realise that no area is more important than Croydon.”

A second runway at Gatwick would be delivered at least five years quicker than Heathrow can expand according to Mr Wingate and would provide a second huge boost to the local economy in the space of the few years with big-name developers Westfield and Hammerson, under the banner of the Croydon Partnership, pressing ahead with plans to redevelop the Whitgift Shopping Centre.

John Burton, director of development for Westfield, said: “The next step is the public inquiry into land assembly which takes place in February 2015.

“All of our resources are focused on being ready for trading for Christmas 2019.”

Immediately after the conference, the Croydon Partnership joined senior officers and members from Croydon Council and other leading business figures on a delegation to the Houses of Parliament to urge central government to release funding for much-needed infrastructure investment into what Mayor of London Boris Johnson calls “the economic powerhouse of south London”.

Council leader Tony Newman said: “We are ready to start a huge regeneration programme that can transform Croydon into a modern European city, creating thousands of new jobs and new homes.

“Croydon is changing but huge challenges lie ahead – that is why we are asking the treasury to really back the infrastructure funding to contribute to the transformation of the place.

“Devolving these powers and giving Croydon control of locally-generated tax revenues would catalyse the delivery of one of the biggest growth projects in the UK.”

Croydon’s ambitions also have strong cross-party support and backing from the Greater London Authority, which has put the borough at the heart of its development ambitions.

Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor of London for Housing, Land and Property, said: “If London is to meet its housing challenges, Croydon has to be at the forefront.

“The suburbs of London have vast potential to contribute to the type of housing that Londoners want.”

Croydon Council was principal partner at Gatwick Airport associate partner of the Develop Croydon Conference. Supporting partners were the Croydon Partnership, Fairfield Halls, Interchange Croydon, Menta Redrow, Stanhope Schroders and Sinclair Clark.

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