Developers today submitted the largest planning application ever dealt with by Barnet Council - proposals for the £4.5 billion regeneration of Brent Cross.

The substantial brownfield site, between Brent Cross shopping centre in the north and Cricklewood Broadway in the south, will be rebuilt to create an entirely new town if the plans are given the green light.

The project will create create 27,000 jobs, 7,500 homes, three schools, new health facilities and open spaces, according to Brookfield Europe and Hammerson and Standard Life Investments, which have developed the plans with the council.

Councillor Mike Freer, leader of the council, said: "This is a major development that will deliver a new residential area of the highest quality and which will also achieve the highest possible eco standards.

"It will enable us to deliver our policy to protect, enhance and grow by providing a huge boost to employment while at the same time safeguarding the environment."

The council will now begin a public consultation to gauge the views on the project of people in the area.

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