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Green light given to unlock investment in Brent Cross Cricklewood parks and open spaces
25 Jun 2015
  • Barnet Council planning committee grants consent for major upgrades to two green spaces as part of the first phase of the regeneration of Brent Cross Cricklewood
  • Clitterhouse Playing Fields will be re-landscaped to offer new sports pitches and play areas alongside community gardens, wildlife areas and a stunning new pavilion
  • Claremont Way Open Space will become an outstanding community park featuring children’s play facilities and picnic areas.

The Brent Cross Cricklewood Development Partners – Hammerson and Standard Life Investments – have this evening received approval from Barnet Council for the major transformation of two green spaces as part of the first phase of the regeneration of Brent Cross Cricklewood.

The plans to improve Clitterhouse Playing Fields and Claremont Way Open Space are the first stage of improvements to open spaces within the Brent Cross Cricklewood masterplan, which will eventually deliver an additional 22 acres – equivalent to 15 full size football pitches – when it is completed.

The investment comprises:

Clitterhouse Playing Fields

a) Landscaping the entire park to create levelled sports pitches and play areas as well as community gardens, wildlife areas and open grass meadows.

b) A stunning new pavilion with a café, toilets and changing rooms, designed by RIBA Stirling prize-winning architects, drawing inspiration from the Hub pavilion at Regents Park, to offer a central base from which to enjoy the park.

c) A minimum 5,000 sq m of youth activity and play space – equivalent to approximately 30 tennis courts in size – offering a variety of different play space and equipment, including a skate park, for children of all ages.

d) The comprehensive new sports provision will include six tennis courts (four combined tennis/multi-use games areas and two tennis courts), a separate multi-use games area, an outdoor gym as well as new grass pitches for a variety of sports, including football and potentially cricket, baseball, basketball and netball.

e) The retention of the historic Clitterhouse Farm Buildings

Claremont Park

a) New children’s play facilities and an open kickabout space for older children.

b) New picnic areas, as well as attractive new entrance plazas on Brent Terrace and Claremont Road.

c) New woodland planting.

d) All ramps and other barriers to access will be removed and the park will be graded to make it accessible for all.

Ben Littman, Development Manager at Hammerson, said

"We are pleased to receive approval for our plans for Clitterhouse Playing Fields and Claremont Park. These upgrades will offer something special for communities across the area, turning two underused spaces into parks that will be delivered at the very start of the regeneration.
"These are the first benefits to come forward and over the coming months we hope to also gain consent for our huge investment in roads, junctions and bridges, and the creation of Central Brent Riverside Park."

Barnet Council Leader, Councillor Richard Cornelius, said:

"Barnet has a large number of excellent green spaces and we know how much they are valued by our residents. I’m delighted that these plans for new sports facilities and open spaces will contribute to that.
"I am eager for the development to start so that these facilities can be enjoyed by people for many years to come."

The plans consented at planning committee on 25 June are for part 1 of Clitterhouse Playing Fields. Part 2, which comprises some of the improvements to the northern section of the park, will be brought forward as part of a later phase – the Brent Cross South scheme. The preferred developer for Brent Cross South is Argent Related. Part 2 is expected to create further park facilities and other improvements.

The first phase of the Brent Cross Cricklewood masterplan also includes the replacement homes for the first part of the Whitefield Estate, which was consented by Barnet’s planning committee on 18 May 2015.

Lastly, later this year, Hammerson and Standard Life Investments expect to launch their vision for the transformation of Brent Cross Shopping Centre. This will include fantastic new shops alongside a thriving day and night time entertainment and leisure experience.