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Brent Cross Cricklewood : A New Green Light to 29,000 extra car journeys



 One of the first consequences of the new coalition government was the news the new Communities and Local Government Secretary, the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP has decided not to ‘call-in’ the £4.5 billion redevelopment of Brent Cross Cricklewood development over the border in neighbouring Barnet.


The previous Secretary of State for communities and Local Government, the Rt Hon John Denham MP, had issued an Article 14 Stop Notice in March of this year, directing the London Borough of Barnet not to proceed with the planning application without permission from central government. However, Pickles has overturned this and in loate July Barnet issued the final permission.


I am not against the redevelopment of Brent Cross per se, but I’ve long opposed the application in its current form. I believe it is flawed and unambitious by merely aiming to ameliorate the car-orientated plans of the original 1960s development, rather than  pioneering a new form of sustainable suburban development.


I’ve been proud to be a member of and support the Coalition for a Sustainable Brent Cross in its opposition to the development and I am sad Eric Pickles has ignored the vociferous campaigners’ concerns about the development. I’ve no doubt the fight will go on to ensure that at every step of this major development, the concerns of eastern Brent residents will be heard and accounted for. I am certainly dedicated to furthering the cause at the level of regional government.


You can find out more about the Brent Cross development on my campaign pages. I’d also urge you to visit the Campaign’s blog

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1st September 2010