The Brent Cross Cricklewood Development Partners – Hammerson and Standard Life Investments, have submitted a revised planning application for three improvements to their regeneration proposals for Brent Cross Cricklewood.
These improvements will ensure the regeneration is delivered, creating a new town center with new homes, jobs, parks and community facilities, a world-class destination for retail, dining and leisure and paving the way for the biggest investment in the area’s history.
The Brent Cross Cricklewood masterplan received consent in 2010 and the new application proposes the following improvements to the consented plans:
A new network of covered streets and spaces in and around Brent Cross to create a fantastic environment for shoppers and local people
Introducing a major new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the North Circular Road
Earlier delivery of some of the transport improvements across the whole area
Public consultation on the amendments took place over the summer seeking views on the three proposed changes – the results were extremely positive with residents eager to see change in the area. More than 1,700 people attended the public exhibitions and an average of 87% of respondents supported each of the three proposed changes.
Mike McGuinness, Development Director at Hammerson, said: “Brent Cross has been an important part of the community for over 35 years and our plans ensure it will continue to be part of a thriving new town centre, putting this part of London truly on the map as a popular neighbourhood and retail destination.
“This is a rare opportunity to make a real and significant improvement to local people’s lives and we were really encouraged by the positive responses from the consultation.”
James Stevens, Head of UK Development at Standard Life Investments, said: “The positive public response just underlines what people have been telling us since the start of the summer. They want a local transport network that works for pedestrians, cyclists, cars and public transport users, alongside better shops and restaurants, new homes and jobs, modern schools and community facilities plus great parks and open spaces, which is what the wider Brent Cross Cricklewood masterplan will deliver.”
Cllr Richard Cornelius, Leader of Barnet Council, said: “This is a hugely important application for the borough and it is important that we get it right. The Planning committee will be scrutinizing these changes closely.”
With the planning application now submitted, Barnet Council will hold its own statutory public consultation on the regeneration proposals which will include exhibition events.
Following this consultation, the amendments to the plans will go before the Council’s Planning Committee for approval. If approved, the Development Partners expect to be able to start work on the first phase of the regeneration from late 2015.