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Pickles approves Allies and Morrison’s £4.5bn Cricklewood scheme

Communites secretary Eric Pickles has given full backing to Allies and Morrison’s contentious Brent Cross and Cricklewood scheme

The huge 7,500 home-regeneration scheme was put on hold in March by former minister John Denham. He wanted time to consider whether to proceed with the scheme.

In a letter sent to the local authority the new communities secretary said: ‘Having carefully considered [the] planning issues raised by the proposal together with all representations received and having regard to his policy on call in, it has been concluded that the secretary of state’s intervention would not be justified.’

Previous story (22.04.10)

Denham suspends Allies and Morrison Cricklewood scheme

The government has frozen work on Allies and Morrison’s £4.5 billion Brent Cross and Cricklewood scheme days after the project landed approval from the London mayor

John Denham, secretary of state for communities and local government, will now consider whether to hold a public enquiry into the contentious scheme for 7,500 homes and over 110,000m² of retail space.

A spokesperson for the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) said:  ‘We recognise there have been strong views expressed about this complex proposal. We will carefully consider the case and decide whether a public inquiry is needed.’

CLG’s decision is expected imminently.


Previous story (AJ 16.3.10)

Boris green-lights £4.5bn Allies & Morrison scheme for Cricklewood

Allies & Morrison has bagged mayoral backing for a huge 101ha redevelopment scheme masterplanned for Brent Cross and Cricklewood, north London

The controversial scheme for a new town includes massive transport improvements, new schools, affordable homes, health facilities and park land. It aims to create 27,000 new jobs for Barnet.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘The scheme will bring a new vitality to a part of the capital in need of regeneration.

‘Having carefully considered the proposal, I am satisfied that the application fulfils the need to have the kinds of transport links that will bring fluidity and rejuvenation to Brent Cross while avoiding potential problems caused by any extra traffic.’

He added the project would ‘[transform] the quality of life of thousands of Londoners’.

A spokesperson for the project said: ‘We estimate the following outline planning permission it will take 3 years before we start on site, this time will be spent acquiring land and drawing up detailed plans for the early elements of the regeneration.

‘We would certainly expect their to be appointments for a number of different architectural practices particularly as we move forward with reserved matters applications.’

A new transport strategy group is working on the project, involving representatives from Transport for London, the London Borough of Barnet and the developers.

A spokesperson for the Coalition for a Sustainable Brent Cross Cricklewood Plan said: ‘[In approving the development,] Boris Johnson has broken his own manifesto commitments on carbon reduction, affordable homes, protecting small shops and environmentally friendly housing.’

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