- Initial phase of Brent Cross Cricklewood will see huge investment in transport infrastructure, open space and delivery of the first new homes
- New sports pitches, tennis courts and multi-use games area for Clitterhouse Playing Fields, with a new café, pavilion, changing rooms and public toilets to be provided
- Planning application submitted following positive feedback through public consultation. If consented, work to start in Summer 2016
- Further details about the transformation of Brent Cross Shopping Centre expected later this year
The Brent Cross Cricklewood Development Partners – Hammerson and Standard Life Investments – have submitted a planning application to Barnet Council for detailed works as part of the first phase of the regeneration.
It represents a major milestone in the delivery of the £4.5bn regeneration project, with the first phase of works including:
- A huge investment in transport infrastructure, including major improvements to roads and junctions in the area
- A new pedestrian and cycle bridge – the Living Bridge – which will link communities south of the North Circular to Brent Cross Shopping Centre, the new Bus Station and the new Brent Riverside Park
- Investment in Clitterhouse Playing Fields to produce a very special community park, including new high quality sports pitches, tennis courts and multi-use games areas to cater for a variety of sports and age groups, as well as a new pavilion with changing rooms, public toilets and a café kiosk
- Claremont Open Space being transformed into a new community park – Claremont Park – and the start of the creation of the new Brent Riverside Park to the South of Brent Cross Shopping Centre
- Modern new homes for those being relocated from the Whitefield Estate
A public consultation explaining the plans was held through the Autumn of 2014, with a positive response received from the 2,000 people who attended the public exhibitions. The consultation information is still available to view at www.brentcrosscricklewood.com and the full planning application documents are also available.
Mike McGuinness, Development Director at Hammerson, said:
“We are excited to have reached this pivotal moment, which means that we are now well on our way to the first phase of the regeneration becoming a reality.
“Our early works will see significant investment into green spaces to create fantastic new community parks with improved drainage, lighting, sports and play facilities for local people. On top of this, our investment in transport infrastructure will hugely improve local roads and junctions for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
“After so many years in the planning, we are looking forward to making good our promises about community benefit and if consent is granted, we intend to start work in the Summer of 2016.”
James Stevens, Head of UK Development at Standard Life Investments, said:
“This is a major milestone for Brent Cross Cricklewood and we can now start to look at the next phase, which includes the transformation of Brent Cross Shopping Centre into a world class destination for retail, dining and leisure. We expect to be able to share more details about our vision for this later this year.”
Barnet Council has now started its own consultation on the first phase of the regeneration proposals.