Planning permission for revamped Brent Cross approved

An artists impression of the new centre

An artists impression of the new centre

First published in News Times Series: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

Planning permission for a revamped Brent Cross shopping centre has been approved.

The centre, in Princes Charles Drive, Hendon, will be doubled in size, creating new 27,000 jobs as part of the Brent Cross Regeneration Scheme. 

Developer Hammerson and Standard Life Investments hopes the centre will become the “best in Europe”.

Earlier this year many expressed fierce opposition to the plans over claims the lack of transport links make it the “wrong place” for a huge mall.

However, Brent Cross Bus Station is due to be doubled in size and a new 'living bridge', a dual pedestrian and cycle crossing over the North Circular Road, will also be built.

A new overground station in Brent Cross will give a 12-minute fast link to London Kings Cross.

The plans, which were officially given the green light today, will also see 7,500 new homes as well as a £250m investment in roads.

Leader of the council, Richard Cornelius, said: “It is very difficult to overstate the importance of this redevelopment to Barnet.

“The council is committed to playing an active role in the development of the south side of the site to get the best financial deal for the taxpayer and to play our part in creating a thriving London neighbourhood.”

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7:05pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Jon10 says...

A new station is nothing to do with today's announcement, except in Cllr Cornelius's mind.

It might be in a later phase, and it is currently unfunded. And it will likely mean closing Cricklewood station.

A bigger Brent Cross shopping centre will rely on many more wealthy shoppers from across north London, yet the developers insist they will arrive by bus. That is rubbish, of course.

Barnet council estimates 29,000 extra cars per day in the area. This is not sustainable development.
A new station is nothing to do with today's announcement, except in Cllr Cornelius's mind. It might be in a later phase, and it is currently unfunded. And it will likely mean closing Cricklewood station. A bigger Brent Cross shopping centre will rely on many more wealthy shoppers from across north London, yet the developers insist they will arrive by bus. That is rubbish, of course. Barnet council estimates 29,000 extra cars per day in the area. This is not sustainable development. Jon10
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11:44pm Wed 23 Jul 14

nlygo says...

it won't mean closing Cricklewood Thameslink
it won't mean closing Cricklewood Thameslink nlygo
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4:47pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Jon10 says...

nlygo wrote:
it won't mean closing Cricklewood Thameslink
2008 Network Rail documents suggest otherwise.

The two stations will only be 4 train lengths apart, unprecedentedly close outside inner city.

If Cricklewood trains do not stop at Brent Cross, the latter is not a local station, for interchange with London Overground from Old Oak Common.
[quote][p][bold]nlygo[/bold] wrote: it won't mean closing Cricklewood Thameslink[/p][/quote]2008 Network Rail documents suggest otherwise. The two stations will only be 4 train lengths apart, unprecedentedly close outside inner city. If Cricklewood trains do not stop at Brent Cross, the latter is not a local station, for interchange with London Overground from Old Oak Common. Jon10
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7:58am Fri 25 Jul 14

Dstudent says...

The distance between the stations is no different to the current distance between Cricklewood and West Hampstead. However the new station at Brent Cross is closer to Hendon rail station. These distances are very common across the rail network in London (inner and outer). The purposes of Cricklewood station is typically for commuter purposes. This means it serves a different customer than the new Brent Cross station. The customers to Cricklewood station are not in a position to commute to a new Brent Cross station as this would be a completely unreasonable fdistance. What is happening to Cricklewood station is it will be regenerated as part of the scheme and it will continue to serve the area for the foreseeable future. The new Brent Cross station is noy going to impact the Cricklewood or Hendon stations. Cricklewood will gain an increased swrvice of 4 trains per hour and Brent Cross will run 2 trains per hour. The Brent Cross station service is likely to skip Cricklewood station and go straight to West Hampstead. Cricklewood is not going to close, its service is highly depended on by the existing users around the station and further out South, East and West of the station.
The distance between the stations is no different to the current distance between Cricklewood and West Hampstead. However the new station at Brent Cross is closer to Hendon rail station. These distances are very common across the rail network in London (inner and outer). The purposes of Cricklewood station is typically for commuter purposes. This means it serves a different customer than the new Brent Cross station. The customers to Cricklewood station are not in a position to commute to a new Brent Cross station as this would be a completely unreasonable fdistance. What is happening to Cricklewood station is it will be regenerated as part of the scheme and it will continue to serve the area for the foreseeable future. The new Brent Cross station is noy going to impact the Cricklewood or Hendon stations. Cricklewood will gain an increased swrvice of 4 trains per hour and Brent Cross will run 2 trains per hour. The Brent Cross station service is likely to skip Cricklewood station and go straight to West Hampstead. Cricklewood is not going to close, its service is highly depended on by the existing users around the station and further out South, East and West of the station. Dstudent
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