Brent Cross Cricklewood

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Brent Cross Cricklewood is a planned new town centre development in Hendon and Cricklewood, London, United Kingdom. The development is planned to cost around £4.5 billion to construct and will include 7,500 homes, 4,000,000 sq ft (370,000 m2) of offices, four parks, transport improvements and a 592,000 sq ft (55,000 m2) extension of Brent Cross Shopping Centre.[1] The developers of the scheme are Hammerson and Standard Life.

Construction was planned to start in 2018 and be completed in 2021-22, but in March 2018 a delay was announced to January 2019. [2]

In July 2018 it was reported that the shopping centre would be delayed indefinitely.[3]


In 2003, planning permission for a 27,000 sq m extension[4] to the shopping centre alone was rejected by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, because of its over reliance on car transport, and because sentiment had moved away from "out-of-town" shopping centres - which Brent Cross was considered to be.[5] Brent Cross has been designated by the Mayor of London in his London Plan as a 'proposed opportunity area'.[6]

In a renewed effort to improve the area,[7] the London Borough of Barnet approved a "Brent Cross, Cricklewood and West Hendon Development Framework" plan[8] in 2004. This was to redevelop the whole Brent Cross district on both sides of the North Circular Road, not just the shopping centre. There would be more shops (retaining the old shopping centre), but also extensive new housing and offices, and attempts would also be made to regenerate West Hendon and Cricklewood.

The document stated that,[9]

The local planning authority's estimate[10] of "29,100 additional vehicles" (for a 12-hour weekday period) has been a mobilising issue for local environmental, transport and residential groups, in their opposition to the planned redevelopment.

The plans were jointly promoted by the Greater London Authority, the major land owners, developers and the local authority, and became Supplementary Planning Guidance, and incorporated into Barnet's Unitary Development Plan. Since then, redevelopment of the West Hendon housing area, further north on the A5 road, has been dealt with separately.

The Brent Cross developers are the owners of Brent Cross shopping centre (Hammerson and Standard Life Investments. Barnet Council owns the freehold of the shopping centre, and much of the land to the south of the North Circular Road.

Planning application 2008-2009[edit]

In March 2008 the developers presented and published a new planning application,[11] partly in outline and without the required transport assessment which was to follow shortly. When that appeared in November 2008 Barnet Council extended the deadline for comments and objections. (A planning application of this size requires the approval of the local borough and the Mayor of London, and can also be reviewed by the Secretary of State for the Environment). The Greater London Authority's report included criticisms and challenges from Transport for London.[12][13] The London boroughs of Brent and Camden, whose roads border the development area, formally objected.[14] Although the planning application stresses the importance of walking, cycling and public transport, specialist organisations such as the London Cycling Campaign and the Campaign for Better Transport also objected.[14] Local residents and Friends of the Earth objected to the proposals for a new waste facility on the edge of the development[14] and a coalition of objectors Coalition for a Sustainable Brent Cross Cricklewood was formed.[15]

Consequently, the developers added supplementary documents to the application; Barnet Council again extended the deadline for objections and twice postponed the committee meeting to consider the application. The council officers formally recommended approval of the application[16][17] and the planning committee approved it on 19 November 2009.[18] The Council issued planning consent on 26 October 2010.[19]

The developers first made their plans for the development public in October 2006.[20] Planning proposals for the development were submitted to Barnet London Borough Council on 25 March 2008.[21][22] In March 2009 Mayor of London Boris Johnson signalled his support in principle to the development, subject to certain concerns regarding the design, social housing and transport links being addressed.[23] The scheme received outline planning permission from Barnet London Borough Council on 20 November 2009.[24][25] On 16 March 2010 the then Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government John Denham issued a 'stop notice' directing Barnet London Borough Council not to grant planning permission to Brent Cross Cricklewood without specific authorisation.[26] In June 2010 it was announced that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles would not be recommending the holding of a public inquiry for the development.[27]


An investment of around £500 million in transport infrastructure is planned as part of the development, including:[28][29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Full consent for £4.5bn Cricklewood scheme". Property Week. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  2. ^ "FAQs". Brent Cross London. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Part of Barnet regeneration plan put on hold". Barnet Times. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  4. ^ Outer London Commission[permanent dead link] GLA report on Brent Cross planning application
  5. ^ Google docs Brent Cross Final Decision Letter, December 2003
  6. ^ Mayor of London (February 2008). "London Plan (Consolidated with Alterations since 2004)" (PDF). Greater London Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-06-02.
  7. ^ London Borough of Barnet Archived June 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Proposals for Unitary Development Framework, January 2003 (there is a map on last page)
  8. ^ Development Framework - Contents and chapter 1 only - chapters 2 to 7 also can be accessed Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Development Framework - Transport section Archived 2012-02-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Development Framework - Transport section, page 3 Archived February 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Planning application by Brent Cross Cricklewood Development Partners Archived September 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Greater London Authority, February 2009 covering letter Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Greater London Authority, February 2009 detailed report Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ a b c Barnet Council. "Consultation responses". Barnet Council. Retrieved 2009-10-27.
  15. ^ Media reporting on Coalition for a Sustainable Brent Cross Cricklewood group
  16. ^ Barnet Local Planning Authority: recommendation regarding planning application Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ Media reporting on planning application recommendation
  18. ^ "Decisions of the Planning and Environment Committee". Barnet London Borough Council. 18 and 19 November 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2009. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  19. ^ Brent Cross Planning Application, London Borough of Barnet Archived December 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ "Regeneration game". This is Local London. 12 October 2006. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  21. ^ "Plans for £4.5bn Brent Cross regeneration scheme". Building. 26 March 2008. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  22. ^ "Regeneration juggernaut rolls into motion". Barnet & Potters Bar Times. 25 March 2008. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  23. ^ "Boris Johnson backs £4bn Brent Cross Cricklewood plans". Property Week. 20 November 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  24. ^ "Brent Cross Cricklewood £4.5bn plans approved". Property Week. 20 November 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  25. ^ "£5bn town centre scheme approved". BBC News. 20 November 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  26. ^ "Denham halts Brent Cross plans". Planning Resource. 16 March 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  27. ^ "Go-ahead for £5bn north London town centre scheme". BBC News. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  28. ^ "Transport improvements". Brent Cross Cricklewood. Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  29. ^ "Developers dismiss Barnet call-in fears". Planning Resource. 11 September 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2010.

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Coordinates: 51°34′26″N 0°13′20″W / 51.5738°N 0.2222°W / 51.5738; -0.2222