THE man charged with overseeing the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration scheme has responded to a petition calling for a public inquiry saying there is “no reason to call in the scheme”.

Yesterday campaigners for the Coalition for a Sustainable Brent Cross Cricklewood Regeneration handed a 5,000 name petition asking for a call in to Communities Secretary John Denham.

However, Jonathan Joseph , the development manager for the Brent Cross Cricklewood Partners (BXCP), said: “The regeneration scheme has been the subject of rigorous scrutiny over a number of years by all the relevant statutory agencies and complies with local and regional planning policies for the creation of a town centre in the area.  “There is no reason to call in the scheme which will deliver the lasting regeneration of a long-neglected area in a comprehensive and sustainable way.

“The BXC Partners have gone to great lengths to consult and engage with the local community during the development of the plans and will continue to do so.

“Environmental sustainability is at the heart of the Brent Cross Cricklewood plans which include a range of measure that together will achieve a dramatic reduction in carbon emissions compared with current building regulations.”

He also refuted claims a power station planned for the site is an incinerator and said the figure of 29,000 extra cars on the road each day should read 9,000.

He added the scheme would deliver nearly £1bn worth of community investment in roads, transport and schools as well as a new rail station.

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