Derby City Council has resolved to grant outline planning consent for WestfieldÂ's application for a e Eagle Centre, at Derby, in the United Kingdom.
In line with normal practice, members of Derby City CouncilÂ's planning control committee agreed to refer the Westfield application to the UK Secretary of State, recommending that planning permission be granted.
'Westfield has operated the centre for just under two years and since then has been working closely with the authorities on our application and we are delighted to receive approval in this time frame,' said Westfield Managing Director Steven Lowy.
Westfield has also lodged planning applications for the redevelopment and expansion of four other shopping centres in the UK at Nottingham, Guildford, Swindon and Belfast.
'This outline planning consent for Eagle Centre is a first, but significant, step in achieving our redevelopment objectives.'
The extension and redevelopment of the existing centre will add a flagship department store and over 150 shops and restaurants. On completion, the Eagle Centre will have increased from 25,500 square metres to more than 83,500 square metres.
The Eagle Centre is owned by a joint venture between Westfield Holdings and MEPC, one of the UKÂ's leading property companies.
(source: Westfield Holding)