"I'm pleased that Westfield have responded so quickly and positively to my demand that they commit one way or another to the development," the MP said. "The company have said that whether or not permission is given for the White Rose extension they are still going to go ahead. What they didn't say is precisely when. But I will be keeping at them to force a start date."
According to information published by Leeds council it appeared that the project was in jeopardy if the Leeds development went ahead. "Westfield are clearly rubbishing that now. Which is good news for Bradford. The best news will be when the first digger starts work on the site."
Further information: Ron McKay on 07980 675998
Sent: 09 December 2013 18:38
To: GALLOWAY, George
Cc: Jacqueline Scott; Neil Maclure
Subject: RE: westfield plans for bradford?
Thank you for your email.
I can confirm that Westfield remains fully committed to the Bradford development regardless of any decision at White Rose. Site preparation works are already underway and this Wednesday, Westfield is hosting a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event with Bradford Council to promote construction job opportunities to local contractors and suppliers. I am pleased to say the ‘Meet the Buyer’ event is at full capacity with 200 people attendees.
In the last week, we have signed three new retailers including River Island, Ernest Jones and H. Samuel in addition to those already committed comprising Debenhams, M&S, Next, W H Smith and others. The Broadway development now has over 50% floor space pre committed and we have a number of other retailers in legals with further announcements on construction and retailers shortly.
Westfield along with surrounding councils and investors have objected to the planning application to extend the White Rose shopping centre on grounds of harmful impact on the city of Bradford and local town centres. The extension of White Rose, which is an out-of-town shopping centre, is contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework which is firmly focussed on prioritising and supporting town and city centres first.
The recent opening of 1m sq ft of retail at Trinity Leeds and the current planning application for the Victoria Gate Project further supports the fact that the Leeds area is well serviced for retail and does not require further out of town expansion.
We will continue to keep you informed on the positive progress on our Bradford development and welcome the opportunity to meet with you in Bradford or in London.