Plans for 7,500 new homes in Cricklewood and Brent Cross
A new planning application for a £4bn scheme to transform Cricklewood and Brent Cross in north London is set to be submitted within the next few weeks.
The local authorities see the regeneration of Cricklewood, Brent Cross and West Hendon as a vision to create a new gateway for London and a vibrant urban area in the London Borough of Barnet. It would become the one of the largest regeneration schemes in London.
Initial plans for the scheme includes the construction of 7,500 new homes, including affordable homes, three new schools, new health facilities, a park and improvements to highways and road junctions in the area, as well as the existing Brent Cross shopping centre, which will double in size.
A series of public exhibition about updates to the plans to regenerate Brent Cross and Cricklewood will get under way later this month.Visitors to any of the exhibitions, which will begin on 23 June and will run until 6 July, will also have the chance to give their views and ask questions about the changes.
Barnet Council gave the scheme the green light in 2010. But the project never took offer due to a lack of funding.
However, Hammerson and Standard Life Investments, the developers of the scheme, have returned with amended plans; includes a larger Brent Cross Shopping Centre, a new pedestrian bridge and faster delivery of some of the major transport improvements.
Mike McGuinness, development director at Hammerson, said: "The benefits of Brent Cross Cricklewood will be felt for generations to come and we are eager to get on and deliver. These updates to the plans will ensure that the regeneration plan becomes a reality and will help secure investment into the area."