£1bn expansion of Westfield’s White City shopping mall given the go-ahead

Plans for a £1bn expansion of Westfield’s White City shopping mall in west London have been given the go-ahead by Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

The scheme, which will be phased over 17 years, includes up to 1,522 homes, a new public green, offices and an extension of the existing shopping centre in Wood Lane with new restaurants, cafes and a leisure complex.

A 20-storey “feature building” and a 59,000sqft new mall with an “anchor store” are also included in the proposals.

Westfield is contributing some £20m for community improvements as part of the agreement, including £3.9m for works to Shepherds Bush Overground station, with an extension to the ticket office, a new entrance and for lengthening the platform.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council said a further £1m would go towards highways and junction improvements, £450,000 to buses local transport and £75,000 for new town centre signposts, and that a new bridge and pedestrian footpaths linking the east and west of the site would be built.

Councillor Harry Phibbs, the council’s community-engagement lead, said the expansion plans were a positive move that would create new jobs.

“It fits in with our vision that Hammersmith and Fulham should be a borough of opportunity for all, and this will be a welcome boost to the local economy and community,” he said.