Westfield’s £1bn extension plan for its White City shopping centre was approved by Hammersmith & Fulham Council last night.

Plans for the 2m sq ft site include up to 1,522 homes, a new public green, offices and an extension of the existing shopping centre in Wood Lane with new restaurants and a leisure complex.

The project will be phased over the next 17 years, and will bring up to 6,700 jobs to the area, Westfield claims.

The development has been scaled down since plans were originally submitted by the company in August, and includes a 20-storey-high feature building and more than 59,000 sq ft dedicated to a new shopping mall with a large anchor store.

Westfield will also contribute £20m toward community improvements, including £3.9m for works at Shepherds Bush overground train station and £1m towards highways and junctions.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s cabinet member for community engagement Harry Phibbs said: “This development is bringing positive change, improvements and jobs to an area that needs revitalising.”

Duncan Bower, Director of Development and Asset Management at Westfield, said: “We are naturally very pleased with the decision by Hammersmith and Fulham Council to approve the scheme. We now await the decision of both the Mayor and the Secretary of State.

Montagu Evans advised Westfield on planning. Allies & Morrison were the architects.

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