Out-Law News | 21 Oct 2013 | 2:41 pm | 1 min. read
The application proposes three improvements to the Brent Cross Cricklewood masterplan for more than 7,500 new homes and a transformation of the existing Brent Cross Shopping Centre, which the Council granted consent to in 2010.
The proposed amendments include a new network of covered streets and spaces in and around Brent Cross, a new major pedestrian and cycle bridge over the North Circular Road as well as earlier delivery of some of the transport improvements across the whole development area.
Hammerson said in a statement that it had received "extremely positive" results from public consultation on the improvements over the summer with an average of 87% of respondents expressing support for each of the proposed amendments.
"Brent Cross has been an important part of the community for over 35 years and our plans ensure it will continue to be part of a thriving new town centre, putting this part of London truly on the map as a popular neighbourhood and retail destination," said Hammerson director Mike McGuinness. “This is a rare opportunity to make a real and significant improvement to local people’s lives and we were really encouraged by the positive responses from the consultation.”
“The positive public response just underlines what people have been telling us since the start of the summer," said Standar Life Investments head of UK development James Stevens. "They want a local transport network that works for pedestrians, cyclists, cars and public transport users, alongside better shops and restaurants, new homes and jobs, modern schools and community facilities plus great parks and open spaces, which is what the wider Brent Cross Cricklewood masterplan will deliver.”
The Council said it would now carry out its own statutory public consultation on the proposals, including exhibition events. "This is a hugely important application for the borough and it is important that we get it right," said Council leader Richard Cornelius. "The planning committee will be scrutinising these changes closely.”
Subject to planning consent, Hammerson said it expects to be able to start work on the first phase on the scheme in late 2015.