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SoS extends deadline for call-in of £4bn Brent Cross Cricklewood decision

Secretary of state (SoS) Eric Pickles has delayed his decision on whether to call in development partners Hammerson's and Standard Life Investment's £4.5 billion revised Brent Cross Cricklewood masterplan for his own determination. 

The revised north west London scheme, which includes more than 7,500 new homes and a transformation of the existing Brent Cross Shopping Centre, was approved by Barnet Council's planning committee in January following its grant of planning permission to the original masterplan in 2010.

The Council subsequently referred the application to Pickles and he has now issued an Article 25 holding decision to extend the 21 day period for deciding whether to call in the plans.

The development partners said in a statement that the extension of the 21 day period was a "normal part of the planning process". "In the meantime we are continuing our discussions with Barnet Council over the detail of the Section 106 agreement," the statement said.

"As is only sensible with a scheme of this size the council has referred the Brent Cross application to the SoS", said a Council spokeswoman. "It is not surprising given the scheme’s complexity that his department have asked for further time to consider the application."

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