Chancellor George Osborne backs major regeneration projects in Brent Cross Cricklewood and Hendon during budget announcement

Brent Cross shopping centre would be transformed under the plans for the area

Brent Cross shopping centre would be transformed under the plans for the area

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Two of Barnet’s biggest regeneration projects were given a boost this week when George Osborne pledged to support the schemes in his budget announcement.

The Chancellor confirmed he will be working with the GLA and Barnet Council on the mammoth Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration, and also pledged cash for the rebuild of the Grahame Park Estate in Hendon.

The Brent Cross Cricklewood development – the biggest planning application in the history of north London – will involve the building of up to 10,000 homes and a fully redeveloped shopping centre at Brent Cross.

Barnet Council leader Councillor Richard Cornelius welcomed this week’s announcements, which he says came as the result of “a great deal of behind-the-scenes work”.

He said: “I can’t say how pleased I am. There has been a lot of lobbying going on behind the scenes and the MPs have been very supportive.

“This money will bring more homes – people won’t have to move away from the borough.

“The Grahame Park concourse is like a Byzantine fortress – it’s horrible. We’re getting rid of bad houses and building new ones, and that’s fantastic news.”

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6:13pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog says...

What absolute rubbish: getting rid of bad houses and building new ones? New houses, but for whom? For ordinary families, or only for those who are well off? As we have head from the Tory housing spokesman, they only want 'well off people' in Barnet. The poor are being moved out, because they cannot afford to live here. Barnet Tories, after having sold this borough to Capita, are now moving on to a new agenda: social engineering.
What absolute rubbish: getting rid of bad houses and building new ones? New houses, but for whom? For ordinary families, or only for those who are well off? As we have head from the Tory housing spokesman, they only want 'well off people' in Barnet. The poor are being moved out, because they cannot afford to live here. Barnet Tories, after having sold this borough to Capita, are now moving on to a new agenda: social engineering. Mrs Angry, Broken Barnet blog
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6:46pm Fri 21 Mar 14

nlygo says...

calm down Mrs Angry, you'll burst a blood vessel
calm down Mrs Angry, you'll burst a blood vessel nlygo
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7:41am Sat 22 Mar 14

Dstudent says...

I'm pleased that this project is going ahead. It is much needed in Brent Cross/Cricklewood.
I'm pleased that this project is going ahead. It is much needed in Brent Cross/Cricklewood. Dstudent
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7:15pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Jon10 says...

They have added on 2,500 homes that were not in the Brent Cross plan until this week!

There is no draft planning permission for that, and the current transport assessment is now out-of-date.

It is likely this now means 29-storey tower blocks, as just approved at West Hendon.
They have added on 2,500 homes that were not in the Brent Cross plan until this week! There is no draft planning permission for that, and the current transport assessment is now out-of-date. It is likely this now means 29-storey tower blocks, as just approved at West Hendon. Jon10
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