Meeting to discuss Cricklewood regeneration plans at Hendon Town Hall

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Planning officers should consider the “upsurge of community spirit” when discussing plans to regenerate Cricklewood, according to a councillor.

There will be a public meeting about proposals to build on the Cricklewood Open Space at Hendon Town Hall next week after widespread opposition.

The plans form part of the £4billion Brent Cross regeneration, which was granted outline planning permission by Barnet Council three years ago.

But changes to the existing application have sparked a new meeting.

Amendments include plans to build a new pedestrian and cycle crossing over the Living Bridge, changing the layout of certain streets and moving a bus shelter.

Meeting rules usually dictate that only two people can speak - but ten will be allowed to give their views due to the size of the application.

Under the plans, the well-loved Cricklewood Green Space, opposite B&Q, could be destroyed to make way for new homes.

But in recent years, residents have rallied together to ensure the space is used to its full potential, using it for both summer and Christmas fetes.

Childs Hill Liberal Democrat councillor Jack Cohen said: “There has been an upsurge of community action in Cricklewood.

“The ground has been used to promote the community a lot recently. The planning officers must take into account this new community spirit and hunger for action.”

The Coalition for a Sustainable Brent Cross Cricklewood Development is now trying to get the council to make a U-turn on its original decision.

It is the biggest application in the history of north west London, with more than 7,500 homes planned.

More than 27,00 jobs will also be created in the huge new town centre with retail, dining, leisure and community facilities.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 30 at Hendon Town Hall, in The Burroughs from 7pm.

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9:54pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Jon10 says...

Last week, the council voted to spend lots of money on the troubled Brent Cross ‘town centre’. The bigger shopping centre may get built, and the Cricklewood green space concreted over, but the developer is then giving up.

Barnet has to find someone else to carry on. Anyone interested?

The borough expects there will be 29,000 extra cars every day around its bigger Brent Cross (and West Hendon). The noise, pollution and road congestion will spread to Harrow, Brent and Camden.

There is a ‘parting gift’ from the developers, of £200-million for new roads at the shopping centre. Most of this is wasted. We could have Phase One of an east-west tram (or DLR) system instead. But Barnet is a strange borough, isn't it? - it only really ‘does’ roads.

Mayor Boris Johnson is certain to back this car-based plan, because he wants development at all costs, no matter how crummy. Don’t expect the planning application to be rejected.

Barnet clearly wants the destruction of the B&Q green space in Cricklewood (where a high-quality park could be created).

Brent Cross is a ‘take-it-or-leave-
it’ plan. Both the Cricklewood green space and a bigger shopping centre are on one single planning application - even though they are over a mile apart!

Last week, Barnet also adopted a policy of approving Brent Cross housing blocks only for people who are (using my words) ‘fit and wealthy’. That means only attracting newcomers who do not need council services such as child protection, vulnerable-adult and elderly care, and disability assistance. The council therefore makes a council-tax ‘profit’ out of these planning approvals.

But Barnet councillors have a problem with this cunning plan. It is unlawful. Many readers will remember the Westminster council scandal and Lady Porter – who fled abroad, and still hasn’t paid all her fine!

There is still hope we, the residents, can modify the Brent Cross plan, and a NEW scheme, based on public transport, sustainability and a balanced community of all income levels, can replace it. But that means confronting the bizarre and undemocratic way that Barnet council is run.
Last week, the council voted to spend lots of money on the troubled Brent Cross ‘town centre’. The bigger shopping centre may get built, and the Cricklewood green space concreted over, but the developer is then giving up. Barnet has to find someone else to carry on. Anyone interested? The borough expects there will be 29,000 extra cars every day around its bigger Brent Cross (and West Hendon). The noise, pollution and road congestion will spread to Harrow, Brent and Camden. There is a ‘parting gift’ from the developers, of £200-million for new roads at the shopping centre. Most of this is wasted. We could have Phase One of an east-west tram (or DLR) system instead. But Barnet is a strange borough, isn't it? - it only really ‘does’ roads. Mayor Boris Johnson is certain to back this car-based plan, because he wants development at all costs, no matter how crummy. Don’t expect the planning application to be rejected. Barnet clearly wants the destruction of the B&Q green space in Cricklewood (where a high-quality park could be created). Brent Cross is a ‘take-it-or-leave- it’ plan. Both the Cricklewood green space and a bigger shopping centre are on one single planning application - even though they are over a mile apart! Last week, Barnet also adopted a policy of approving Brent Cross housing blocks only for people who are (using my words) ‘fit and wealthy’. That means only attracting newcomers who do not need council services such as child protection, vulnerable-adult and elderly care, and disability assistance. The council therefore makes a council-tax ‘profit’ out of these planning approvals. But Barnet councillors have a problem with this cunning plan. It is unlawful. Many readers will remember the Westminster council scandal and Lady Porter – who fled abroad, and still hasn’t paid all her fine! There is still hope we, the residents, can modify the Brent Cross plan, and a NEW scheme, based on public transport, sustainability and a balanced community of all income levels, can replace it. But that means confronting the bizarre and undemocratic way that Barnet council is run. Jon10
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9:21am Fri 24 Jan 14

Kanti Patel says...

I concur with Cllr Jack Cohen's comments.
The Development is long over due and due process of consultations has been carried out.

Benefits from Development to the Borough, Communities and North London greatly outweighs some minor objections !

Former Cllr Kanti Patel, Cabinet Member and Deputy Leader LBB
I concur with Cllr Jack Cohen's comments. The Development is long over due and due process of consultations has been carried out. Benefits from Development to the Borough, Communities and North London greatly outweighs some minor objections ! Former Cllr Kanti Patel, Cabinet Member and Deputy Leader LBB Kanti Patel
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9:41am Fri 24 Jan 14

educated says...

Why are they worried about the green space outside B&Q? Are the residents going to have picnics there? Play football ? Maybe an annual fair? Basically it is too small to do much with. It probably costs more to maintain (cutting grass etc) than its usefulness.
Why are they worried about the green space outside B&Q? Are the residents going to have picnics there? Play football ? Maybe an annual fair? Basically it is too small to do much with. It probably costs more to maintain (cutting grass etc) than its usefulness. educated
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11:27am Fri 24 Jan 14

Kanti Patel says...

Dear Editor

I understand from reliable sources that Cllr Jack Cohen did not make any comments.

Please treat my earlier comment as my own; I personally believe "The Development is long over due and due process of consultations has been carried out.

Benefits from Development to the Borough, Communities and North London greatly outweighs some minor objections !".

Former Cllr Kanti Pate, Cabinet Member and Deputy Leader LBB.
Dear Editor I understand from reliable sources that Cllr Jack Cohen did not make any comments. Please treat my earlier comment as my own; I personally believe "The Development is long over due and due process of consultations has been carried out. Benefits from Development to the Borough, Communities and North London greatly outweighs some minor objections !". Former Cllr Kanti Pate, Cabinet Member and Deputy Leader LBB. Kanti Patel
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8:20pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Jon10 says...

Cricklewood Green Space:

Actually, yes! See:

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(And can you play football in Hampstead Garden Suburb green space, or around Totteridge ponds, for instance? Not all parkland is for football.)
Cricklewood Green Space: Actually, yes! See: http://25.media.tumb lr.com/909e7e5612e01 456410775e8e1199d69/ tumblr_mugtg1C4yJ1se vbcco1_500.jpg http://24.media.tumb lr.com/ec23a6569061c 69941dd2548f45896d6/ tumblr_mugtflYN6t1se vbcco1_500.jpg http://31.media.tumb lr.com/7f74aa9c197e9 351647f1b2d9f5ab9ea/ tumblr_mugtf4FIBt1se vbcco1_500.jpg (And can you play football in Hampstead Garden Suburb green space, or around Totteridge ponds, for instance? Not all parkland is for football.) Jon10
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9:22pm Fri 24 Jan 14

educated says...

I wouldn't suggest all parkland is for football. However, this must be really 'exciting' sitting on the grass watching all the traffic (and their fumes) go by.
I wouldn't suggest all parkland is for football. However, this must be really 'exciting' sitting on the grass watching all the traffic (and their fumes) go by. educated
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