SUBMISSION of plans for the £1 billion revamp of the Whitgift Centre have been delayed by a month as developers continue to hammer out the finer details.
The Westfield/Hammerson partnership had hoped to submit a planning application this month but confirmed this week there were still details to iron out.
Discussions are understood to still be going on between the developers, the council, Transport for London and the GLA on transport initiatives.
These are understood to include the level of contributions the partnership will make to improvements to the Fiveways junction in Purley Way to cope with extra traffic expected to be generated by the redevelopment of the town centre's retail core.
The £1 billion Whitgift Centre investment will involve the delivery of 1.4 million square feet of retail space, together with retail facilities and housing.
Councillor Jason Perry, the council's cabinet member for planing, said this week he understood October was now the target month for the consideration of the scheme.
He said it was important that the details of the Westfield/Hammerson scheme were worked through before it came to the committee.
And in a statement issued on Wednesday, the partnership said "We continue to work hard with the council in the delivery of our transformational retail regeneration scheme in Croydon.
"The date for the planning determination will be confirmed by the council as soon as we are sure we have the optimum long term solution for Croydon and its residents.
"We continue to make solid progress with all other aspects of our project, such as the land assembly process and negotiations with retailers, and are still working towards our original timetable for delivery."
The aim is to open the new shopping centre in 2017.