THE latest approved measures for the £4.5 billion regeneration scheme at Brent Cross Cricklewood will help give “real control” of the project to stakeholders, according to development boss.

The plans were given the green-light for a second time at the end of last month, following a series of delays, and developers now have three months to finalise the financial assistance they will provide to the area through the Section 106 agreement.

Councillors were asked to vote again on the scheme because the original approval had expired, after being held up by the Mayor of London's office and the Government Department for London.

The council was criticised by opponents of the regeneration after the Section 106 draft, which runs to hundreds of pages, was released less than two weeks before the meeting.

But now further approval has been granted, Jonathan Joseph, from the Brent Cross Cricklewood Development Partners, hopes to move forward with the project.

He said: “We are pleased the Planning and Environment Committee has given cross party support which allows us and the council three months now to finalise the Section 106 Agreement.

“It is important to note that the controls which will be put in place through the Section 106 introduce a series of ‘gates’ through which our plans must pass before any work can start on site.

“These controls will ensure Barnet Council and the other stakeholders and in particular TfL will continue to have real control and input into how the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration is taken forward - and that public transport, infrastructure and community investment keeps pace with development.”

The Section 106 money is aimed at helping deliver or address matters that are necessary to make a development acceptable in planning terms, and can go towards such things as highways, recreational facilities and education.

Developers claim the regeneration will create a new town centre, to include three local schools, health facilities, and revamped parks and open spaces.