Foster & Partners' scheme for the London Borough of Croydon looks set to go ahead after a dramatic u-turn by the council.

Croydon Council ended years of opposition to the 90,000sq m mixed-use Croydon Gateway scheme for developer Stanhope last week by inviting the deputy prime minister to approve it.

The council said the decision, made on the first day of a public inquiry into the scheme, had been prompted by concerns over aspects of a rival plan by developer Arrowcroft - a scheme that still has general support from the local authority but now appears in doubt.

Foster's scheme infamously led to the resignation of former Stanhope and Cabe chairman Stuart Lipton over an alleged conflict of interest.