Westfield receives outline planning consent for third U.K. redevelopment

05 February 2003

Countries: United Kingdom

Swindon Borough Council has resolved to grant outline planning consent for Westfield’s application for a 180 million (A$500 million) redevelopment of the Brunel Centre in Swindon in the United Kingdom.

“We are very pleased with the Swindon Borough Council’s resolution for the Brunel Centre, which now represents our third major outline planning consent for projects in the United Kingdom totalling 780 million (A$2.2 billion)” said Westfield Managing Director Steven Lowy.

The extension and redevelopment of the existing centre will add a department store and over 100 shops and restaurants. On completion, the Brunel Centre will have increased from 48,000 square metres to more than 80,000 square metres.

In line with normal practise, members of the Swindon Borough Council’s Planning Committee agreed to refer the Westfield application to the UK Secretary of State, recommending that planning permission be granted.

“This approval closely follows the receipt of full outline planning permission for developments at Derby (200 million/A$560 million) and Nottingham (400 million /A$1.1 billion) both of which have now been confirmed by the UK Secretary of State,” said Peter Allen, the Director of Westfield’s European operations.

The Brunel Centre is owned in joint venture between Westfield Holdings (50%) and Hermes (50%) on behalf of the British Telecommunications Pension Scheme.