Barnet grants planning consent for revised Brent Cross masterplan

Out-Law News | 25 Jul 2014 | 4:47 pm | 1 min. read

Barnet Council has granted planning consent for a revised masterplan from developers Hammerson and Standard Life Investments for the comprehensive redevelopment of the Brent Cross Cricklewood area of north west London to create a new town centre and up to 7,500 new homes. 

Outline planning permission was granted in 2010 for proposals on the 151 hectare site including the expansion of the Brent Cross shopping centre, the creation of a new high street, several new parks and the delivery of 7,500 new homes. The approved scheme also involved improvements to the existing London Underground station at Brent Cross, the midland mainline railway station at Cricklewood and the bus station at Brent Cross; and the construction of a new midland mainline station to the west of the site.

The developers submitted an application to vary the existing consent in October last year, with proposed amendments including the creation of a new footbridge, named the Living Bridge, over the North Circular Road and the accelerated delivery of redevelopment around the Brent Cross shopping centre and transport infrastructure improvements.

The completed development will provide 712,000 square metres of residential floorspace, nearly 400,000 sq m of office space concentrated around the new mainline station and 111,000 sq m of new mixed-use retail.

Barnet Council resolved to grant planning permission for the revised plans in January and the final decision was issued on 23 July.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said in a statement: "This is a landmark moment as we look to transform Brent Cross Cricklewood into one of the premier places to live, work and visit in the capital. London's population is set to soar to 10 million by 2030 and this scheme is absolutely crucial to the city's sustainable growth as it has the capacity to deliver thousands of new homes and jobs through major improvements to transport infrastructure."