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Preferred bidder chosen to redevelop Met Police Peel Centre site
A preferred bidder has been selected to build hundreds of new homes on the site of a Metropolitan Police training centre in Colindale.
The Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) has announced Redrow has been chosen to purchase the land and develop the site in Aerodrome Road.
Redrow will now work with Barnet Borough Council on plans to build more than 1,650 homes, shops and a primary school and nursery. The plans also include cycle routes and “green open space”.
Meanwhile MOPAC will invest in the development of a new police training and operations centre on a smaller part of the site which is due to start early next year.
Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, said: “Not only will it create a thriving new neighbourhood complete with jobs, homes, schools and parks but it will also secure the future of Hendon’s iconic Peel Centre as one of the best police training grounds in the world.
“This deal is a key plank of our plan to slim down and modernise the Met estate while allowing us to reinvest the sale proceeds into frontline policing.
“Savings from the redevelopment of Hendon will help us keep officer numbers high and deliver police buildings and infrastructure that are fit for the 21st century.”
The 22-hectare site was the first to be released through the new London Development Panel which was set up by the Mayor of London to fast track the disposal of public land to boost construction and housing.
The site has also already been identified for regeneration by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the council as a part of the Colindale Area Action Plan.
But others have criticised the plans saying the area will become “overdeveloped”.
Speaking to the Times Series, Barnet’s GLA member Andrew Dismore, said: “I’m concerned this will create a potential for overdevelopment in Colindale.
“I’m concerned about the need for more affordable housing for rent – the council has relaxed planning rules for the number of affordable homes and so in Beaufort Park for example there will be several hundreds fewer affordable homes than was promised.
“I’m also concerned about the loss of the running track and open space and the impact on the road network. There are going to be thousands more cars – but there’s no plans to improve the network for existing residents.
“There has to be some sort of scale for what’s being planned for Colindale. The area can’t cope.”
But Barnet council leader Councillor Richard Cornelius said it is a good thing that the land is being used to provide housing.
He said: “We face a national housing crisis and so are pleased that the land is being released to build the homes we desperately need. It is important to get the balanced development that Barnet requires and the council will ensure that the developer provides this.”
It is anticipated that a planning application will be submitted in the first half of next year, following a public consultation.
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