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Massive £4bn Cricklewood scheme approved

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Allies + Morrison’s vast £4 billion masterplan for Brent Cross Cricklewood in north London has been voted through by Barnet Council.

The planned regeneration includes 7,500 homes, 370,000m2 of office space, four new parks and a 55,000m2 extension to the existing Brent Cross Shopping Centre by Chapman Taylor Architects (pictured).

The wider masterplan for developers Hammerson and Standard Life, which also includes schools and a new station, was approved in 2010 (see AJ story below) but three major amendments (see box) including a huge new cycle and pedestrian bridge over the A406 connecting north and south Barnet sparked a second round of planning.

Hammerson and Standard Life submitted a Section 73 application in October 2013 requesting:

A new network of streets and spaces ‘which may be fully or partially covered’ in and around Brent Cross

A major new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the North Circular Road

Earlier delivery of some of the transport improvements across the whole area

Commenting on last night’s six to four majority vote, Hammerson development director Mike McGuinness said: ‘Clearly we are delighted with this decision. It is a major step towards the delivery of a thriving new town centre and a complete transformation of the area.

‘Brent Cross Cricklewood will bring a significant amount of investment into Barnet, in the form of new homes, new jobs, school facilities, parks and millions of pounds worth of transport improvements

‘There is still a lot of work to do of course but it is exciting to be able to proceed to the next stage, working with local people on the details of the scheme and creating the best possible future for Brent Cross Cricklewood,’ added McGuiness.

But Pauline McKinnell, secretary of the Cricklewood Community Forum, told local newspaper Barnet and Whetstone Press that the decision was ‘very disappointing’.

‘They never considered the residents’ views. The regeneration – the ideas – have always come from developers and the council always seemed to just agree,’ she said.

Hammerson and Standard Life said the first phase of the construction ‘could be in a position to start by late 2015 or early 2016’.


Previous story (AJ 21.06.10)

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 (AJ 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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