LOCAL — 25 July 2014

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Boris Johnson has approved the £4 billion Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration project which will see new housing, schools and the shopping centre double in size.

In July Barnet Council gave the plans the go ahead which will provide a new town centre including 7,500 homes, 27,000 jobs, parks and community facilities, and a redeveloped Brent Cross Shopping Centre that will include new retail, dining and leisure.

Although Eric Pickles issued a holding order to assess the plans in Match due to protests against the development, the Mayor of London is hoping the project will mark the area as one of the capital’s most attractive areas.

He said: “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 ten 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.

“We are also looking to create a pleasant environment in which to walk or cycle. I look forward to seeing this vitally important part of London transformed over the coming years.”

As part of the proposals, a new Thameslink station at Cricklewood will be installed, that will bring commuters into central London within 12 minutes.

There is a planned £5.6m upgrade of Clitterhouse Playing Fields to produce a very special community park, and the creation of another two new parks, will be part of the first phase along with a new pedestrian and cycle-bridge over the North Circular, to connect the communities on either side of the road for the first time.

However concerns have been raised that green triangles are paving the way for the regeneration, and that the money that is being allocated to road improvements could be better used being invested into improved public transport in the area.

Work on the phased extension of the shopping centre is set to begin in 2016 and the centre will remain open throughout.

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