Approval given by Mayor of London Boris Johnson for £4.5 billion Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration

Times Series: Approval given by Mayor of London Boris Johnson for £4.5 billion Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration Approval given by Mayor of London Boris Johnson for £4.5 billion Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration

CONTROVERSIAL plans for the £4.5 billion regeneration of Brent Cross and Cricklewood have been rubber stamped by the Mayor of London.

Boris Johnson yesterday approved the largest planning application in the history of north west London, which will create a whole new town centre in the borough.

The scheme, including 7,500 new homes and likely to create 27,000 new jobs in the area, has been described as “a welcome boost to the local economy in Barnet and to London as a whole”.

Opponents of the development have claimed it is “disastrous and dangerous” and have continually fought the planning process at every stage.

But Mr Johnson said the project will provide a new gateway to London and will help drive the city forward and out of the recession.

Despite being approved by Barnet Council bosses last November, the scheme had to be referred to the Mayor and has taken three months to access because of the complexity of some of the proposals surrounding level of road improvements.

Mr Johnson said: “Having carefully considered the proposal I am satisfied that the application fulfils the need to have the kinds of transport links that will bring fluidity and rejuvenation to Brent Cross while avoiding potential problems caused by any extra traffic.”

Members of the Coalition for a Sustainable Brent Cross Cricklewood Redevelopment oppose the work saying it will bring 29,000 more cars to the roads and the number of new homes will be overdevelopment.

They also fear a proposed power station on the massive development site will create dangerous particles.

The Mayor has though dismissed these claims and said the investment will bring “ a new vitality to a part of the capital in need of regeneration”.

Mr Johnson added: “This is another great example of pushing ahead with major development and infrastructure improvements to create jobs, and boost the capital’s economic growth, while transforming the quality of life of thousands of Londoners.”

A 5,000 name petition by the coalition has been handed to the John Denham, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, calling for a public inquiry. His decision is still to be made and could yet result in further delays to the project, which is scheduled to take 25 years to complete.

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9:27am Sun 14 Mar 10

Mr Worried says...

Oh dear, there goes the neighbourhood. Thanks a lot Boris.

I wish I had shares in a company making brown paper envelopes....

Ever since this horrendous BXC scheme came about, no doubt there's been more back-handers than a Wimbledon final.
Oh dear, there goes the neighbourhood. Thanks a lot Boris. I wish I had shares in a company making brown paper envelopes.... Ever since this horrendous BXC scheme came about, no doubt there's been more back-handers than a Wimbledon final. Mr Worried
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10:08pm Sun 14 Mar 10

Grumblepop says...

Have to agree with your sentiments. would like to add, In 2002 several people from West Hendon were vilified for objecting to flawed regeneration proposals that were included in the original Cricklewood/Brent Cross MasterPlan.

JJ and his Cricklewood Redevelopment Ltd touted this idea, the following is what he said on August 1, 2001
" CRL's Project development manager, Jonathan Joseph, is optimistic about the scheme. "We will always seek to try and reassure and include rather than exclude," he said.

"I have been assembling sites for development for all of the 30 years I have been in business. I have absolutely no doubt that we will be able to reach a satisfactory commercial decision."

While many of Barnet's
neighbouring councils are similarly short of dosh, Mr Joseph seems to have plenty to buy a lot - nudge nudge know what I mean .guv'
Have to agree with your sentiments. would like to add, In 2002 several people from West Hendon were vilified for objecting to flawed regeneration proposals that were included in the original Cricklewood/Brent Cross MasterPlan. JJ and his Cricklewood Redevelopment Ltd touted this idea, the following is what he said on August 1, 2001 " CRL's Project development manager, Jonathan Joseph, is optimistic about the scheme. "We will always seek to try and reassure and include rather than exclude," he said. "I have been assembling sites for development for all of the 30 years I have been in business. I have absolutely no doubt that we will be able to reach a satisfactory commercial decision." While many of Barnet's neighbouring councils are similarly short of dosh, Mr Joseph seems to have plenty to buy a lot - nudge nudge know what I mean .guv' Grumblepop
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11:27pm Sun 14 Mar 10

Don't Call Me Dave says...

If this scheme goes ahead it will be the first recorded case of reverse gerrymandering in Britain. The Conservatives will be building themselves out of the Borough.

Who can forget the reason the Coleman / Freer / Hillan clique ousted Brian Salinger as leader in 2006? It was, they claimed, to prevent, massive over development of this type.

For all his faults, at least Brian Coleman has remained true to his principles on this one, but Freer and Hillan have sold Barnet down the river, aided by comrade Boris who should know better.
If this scheme goes ahead it will be the first recorded case of reverse gerrymandering in Britain. The Conservatives will be building themselves out of the Borough. Who can forget the reason the Coleman / Freer / Hillan clique ousted Brian Salinger as leader in 2006? It was, they claimed, to prevent, massive over development of this type. For all his faults, at least Brian Coleman has remained true to his principles on this one, but Freer and Hillan have sold Barnet down the river, aided by comrade Boris who should know better. Don't Call Me Dave
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9:04am Mon 15 Mar 10

dellertron says...

More proof when it comes to Cricklewood never trust a Conservative. They hate us pure and simple
More proof when it comes to Cricklewood never trust a Conservative. They hate us pure and simple dellertron
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12:14pm Mon 15 Mar 10

Grumblepop says...

Dave, how correct you are, true, Salinger was a robust supporter for Cricklewood and all of the Regeneration projects long before he became a leader. A reminder, Before Councillor Brian Salinger, is or was, a changed person at that time also, a Property Management Agent. Given the decision by the Ombudsman against him on, using his status, to get his project approved by Barnet's Planning Department. All a matter of record. Many would call that an 'abuse of his position', Salinger's integrity was always a question. Whatever the reason for the 'Coup de Etat' by the present group, nobody ever trusted your man Brian Salinger. So, dellertron of Cricklewood is spot on. Never trust a Conservative but why trust the others, both locally and nationally.
Dave, how correct you are, true, Salinger was a robust supporter for Cricklewood and all of the Regeneration projects long before he became a leader. A reminder, Before Councillor Brian Salinger, is or was, a changed person at that time also, a Property Management Agent. Given the decision by the Ombudsman against him on, using his status, to get his project approved by Barnet's Planning Department. All a matter of record. Many would call that an 'abuse of his position', Salinger's integrity was always a question. Whatever the reason for the 'Coup de Etat' by the present group, nobody ever trusted your man Brian Salinger. So, dellertron of Cricklewood is spot on. Never trust a Conservative but why trust the others, both locally and nationally. Grumblepop
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7:25pm Tue 16 Mar 10

Antoinette says...

interesting mention of gerrymandering: perhaps we should consider the long term effects of Barnet's policy of avoiding investment in social housing, and its use of placing families in private accommodation. This is obviously shifting the natural Labour voter nicely into Tory areas, no? Shirley Porter, respect due ...
interesting mention of gerrymandering: perhaps we should consider the long term effects of Barnet's policy of avoiding investment in social housing, and its use of placing families in private accommodation. This is obviously shifting the natural Labour voter nicely into Tory areas, no? Shirley Porter, respect due ... Antoinette
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