Town centre plan seeks to remodel Brent Cross

Proposals to transform Brent Cross shopping centre and its surrounding area are being unveiled for pre-application consultation this week.

The 100ha scheme in north London is one of the biggest regeneration proposals in the capital. It could create around 7,500 homes, 27,000 jobs, parks, open spaces, schools and a leisure centre, according to the Brent Cross Circklewood Development Partners, the consortium proposing the scheme.

The project aims to turn the area into a fully-fledged town centre. It would provide transport improvements including a train station on the Midland Main Line, a bus depot and better pedestrian links and cycle routes.

The consultation follows the the London Borough of Barnet's adoption of the Cricklewood, Brent Cross and West Hendon development framework.

The blueprint sets out principles for regenerating the area and creating a town centre.

Council leader Mike Freer explained that the area has been poorly planned, road and rail layouts cut off parts of the site and much of its open space is underused. "Previous plans for the area failed to comprehensively tackle these issues," he added. "Our development framework sets out a strong vision for a new town centre for Barnet, with massively improved transport and community facilities."

Jonathan Joseph, development manager for the development partners, maintained that they are able to deliver a new town centre for the area.

He added: "It will deliver the very best facilities for local people centred around a new high street connecting with the proposed station and a pedestrianised Brent Cross Shopping Centre passing through public squares lined with shops, bars and restaurants."

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