Changes sought for Brent Cross scheme

Developers Hammerson and Standard Life Investments have submitted revised proposals for their Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration masterplan, which aims to transform a swathe of north-west London.

Brent Cross: application to vary earlier planning permission has been submitted to Barnet Council
Brent Cross: application to vary earlier planning permission has been submitted to Barnet Council
The original scheme to deliver a new town centre for the area, along with additional homes, leisure, shopping and business developments won outline approval from the London Borough of Barnet in 2009 and was subsequently endorsed by London mayor Boris Johnson and communities secretary Eric Pickles.

The 151-hectare masterplan area extends considerably beyond the bounds of the current shopping centre. It runs across the North Circular Road southwards toward Cricklewood, taking in industrial sites, railway land and existing retail developments with large surface car parks.

Earlier proposals from the developers - who use the name BXC - included 7,500 homes, along with 111,000 square metres of retail space, 457,000 square metres of business space, a new hotel, a private hospital, and a range of community space.

Now the partners are have submitted an application under section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to vary the agreed proposals to accommodate the inclusion of a new network of covered streets in Brent Cross, a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the North Circular Road, and the earlier delivery of some proposed transport improvements for the area.

An updated planning statement submitted by planning consultants Quod in support of the application said BXC was keen to alter the layout of development around the current Brent Cross Shopping Centre to reconfigure Brent Cross Square and Market Square at the interface with the proposed new bridge.

It added that the revisions also sought to put more of the shopping centre redevelopment into the scheme’s first phase, including the creation of a new bus station.

Barnet Council leader Richard Cornelius said the scheme is "hugely important for the borough" and that the changes would be scrutinised by elected members rather than decided by officers under delegated powers.

BXC said it expected to be able to start work on the first phase of the regeneration from late 2015, if the amendments are approved.

Barnet has set a determination target date for the application of 10 January 2014.

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