Leader of council welcomes George Osborne's support for regeneration projects in Barnet

Times Series: George Osborne takes a tour of Brent Cross Shopping Centre today. George Osborne takes a tour of Brent Cross Shopping Centre today.

The Leader of Barnet Borough Council has welcomed the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s backing of two of the borough’s major regeneration projects.

Councillor Richard Cornelius said the authority can “do more” with the added support pledged by George Osborne, who visited Brent Cross Shopping Centre and the Grahame Park estate on Friday.

Under the plans for Brent Cross, 7,500 new homes will be built as well as a new building for three schools and community facilities, pedestrian and cycle bridges, highways and a Thameslink station.

The shopping centre will also be doubled in size, creating up to 6,000 new jobs.

Cllr Cornelius said: “I am very grateful that the Chancellor took the time to visit Barnet and to see how we are delivering the sites. He was very clear that this council and its partners are delivering new housing for Barnet residents and can do more with his support.

“He was fully supportive of the new Thameslink station at Cricklewood and was keen to see the concourse block come down at Grahame Park. With his support we can complete the transformation of the estate.”

The Grahame Park plans will almost double the number of homes to 3,000, and there will also be community facilities, shops and parks on the site.

Peter Cole, Hammerson chief investment officer, said: "Brent Cross Cricklewood is a major regeneration opportunity for London and we are pleased that this is recognised and supported by central government.

“The local area and wider region will see significant benefits from our investment with substantial employment opportunities, improved transport infrastructure, new homes, schools, retail, offices and parks."

Neil Hadden, chief executive of Genesis Housing Group, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Chancellor on site to showcase the transformation that’s already underway at one of the largest housing-led regeneration projects in England thanks to the partnership between Genesis, Barnet Council and Countryside Properties PLC.

“The regeneration funding announced in this year’s budget is a welcome boost which will help to build on the real and lasting change that’s already being delivered at Grahame Park.

“It will significantly speed up the demolition of the central concourse so that we can start building high quality homes that best meet the needs of our residents and add real value to the area.”

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:14pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Dstudent says...

Good news. Can't wait to see it all finished. Cricklewood badly needs regeneration. If there is going to be some more work it would be great to see an underground station at Cricklewood too.
Good news. Can't wait to see it all finished. Cricklewood badly needs regeneration. If there is going to be some more work it would be great to see an underground station at Cricklewood too. Dstudent
  • Score: 3

4:13pm Mon 7 Apr 14

harvey_uk says...

More traffic on the A406 North Circular, Staple Corner to Hanger Lane is already a major congestion point, along with Finchley down to Pinkham Way. Why doesn't Osborne do something about that. It seems only East, West and South London get new rail, road, bike improvements and this government has forgot about north London.
More traffic on the A406 North Circular, Staple Corner to Hanger Lane is already a major congestion point, along with Finchley down to Pinkham Way. Why doesn't Osborne do something about that. It seems only East, West and South London get new rail, road, bike improvements and this government has forgot about north London. harvey_uk
  • Score: 1

5:32pm Mon 7 Apr 14

aworrall says...

This is such good news and great to see such an investment from the government. This will create more homes, more jobs and better transport links.
This is such good news and great to see such an investment from the government. This will create more homes, more jobs and better transport links. aworrall
  • Score: 1

5:57pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Jon10 says...

Much of the "article" has been taken word-for-word from a HM Treasury press release.

The current Brent Cross plan is out-of-date, and planned around (according to Barnet's estimate) over 29,000 extra cars per day in the area.

There is no decent east-west transport option across north-west London. Light-rail ought to be studied.

The supposedly £4.5 billion Brent Cross scheme ought to pay for light rail. Instead, all we are promised in the plans are 8-storey car parks. Didn't anyone notice that we need to reduce use of fossil fuels, and improve air quality?
Much of the "article" has been taken word-for-word from a HM Treasury press release. The current Brent Cross plan is out-of-date, and planned around (according to Barnet's estimate) over 29,000 extra cars per day in the area. There is no decent east-west transport option across north-west London. Light-rail ought to be studied. The supposedly £4.5 billion Brent Cross scheme ought to pay for light rail. Instead, all we are promised in the plans are 8-storey car parks. Didn't anyone notice that we need to reduce use of fossil fuels, and improve air quality? Jon10
  • Score: 1

8:04am Tue 8 Apr 14

aworrall says...

Can't believe the Hendon Times would rely on a HM Treasury press release.

This scheme will not only result in huge transport investment, a new railway station and bus interchange but 7,500 new homes and an estimated 27,000 jobs. Not to mention the upgrade of parks and new community facilities. This has to be good news!
Can't believe the Hendon Times would rely on a HM Treasury press release. This scheme will not only result in huge transport investment, a new railway station and bus interchange but 7,500 new homes and an estimated 27,000 jobs. Not to mention the upgrade of parks and new community facilities. This has to be good news! aworrall
  • Score: -1

10:08am Wed 9 Apr 14

AverageBarnetResident says...

Fantastic news for Barnet. - Thank you Mr Osborne.
Fantastic news for Barnet. - Thank you Mr Osborne. AverageBarnetResident
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree