Click above for what became the consented plan, plus Transport page.


[Reposted] LB of Barnet: Transport Strategy up to 2035 (believe it or not)

(From the minutes of the meeting)

The Commissioning Director for Environment introduced the item and the intentions of the report. Following the consideration of the item the Committee:

Resolved to:

  • That the Environment Committee instruct the Commissioning Director for Environment to develop an overarching long-term Transport Strategy for the London Borough of Barnet
  • That the Environment Committee agreed the period of the strategy to 2035
  • That the Environment Committee noted the scope of the strategy which was outlined within the report
  • That the Environment Committee approved the formation the project board and an Elected Members cross party group.
The recommendations were unanimously agreed.

Link to Barnet Times

Leadership on Transport and Environmental Matters in LB of Barnet

"After Brian Coleman was ousted from his role as Totteridge councillor on Barnet Borough Council, the Times Series takes a look back at some of his most controversial moments."

"Formerly a Totteridge councillor, he received 265 votes in the May 2014 election – which those present at the count pointed out was fewer than the number of his Twitter followers.

"... In May 2012, he was sacked from Barnet Council's cabinet at a Conservative Party meeting and removed from his post as cabinet member for environment after voters deserted the politician at the polls in the GLA elections.

"When he was later booted out of his role as the chairman of the London Fire Authority, firefighters said they were 'pleased to see the back of him'.

"Months later, he sparked more outrage by describing people in the public gallery at a council meeting as 'the sad, the mad and a couple of hags'.

"The former GLA member was also hauled in front of the council’s standards committee following complaints about offensive e-mails."

Ham & High:

Video: Disgraced politician Brian Coleman urged to resign over assault of mum-of-two

Evening Standard: Cycle and Bus Lanes in Barnet (ah, those were the days)


Daily Telegraph: "Mark Carney warns Britain is suffering first lost decade since 1860 as people across Europe lose trust in globalisation"

"Bank of England Governer said it was 'incredible' that real incomes had not risen in past 10 years [and] there was growing sense of 'isolation and  detachment' among people left behind by globalisation"

Link to web site

"Britain is experiencing its first 'lost decade' of economic growth for 150 years, the Governor of the Bank of England has warned.

"At a speech in Liverpool on Monday, Mr Carney said:
"We meet today during the first lost decade since the 1860s. Over the past decade real earnings have grown at the slowest rate since the mid-19th century."
"This lack of growth had caused inequalities, he said, and led people to question their futures and the benefits of globalisation. Many people across the advanced world were 'losing trust' in a system that did not 'raise all boats', he said.

"Far from enjoying a 'golden era', globalisation for these people had become 'associated with low wages, insecure employment, stateless corporations and striking inequalities'."

Link to web site

"Carney: Get real, there are losers from free trade"
"Shouldn't Mr Carney limit his comments to interest rate policy and inflation targeting - the central parts of the Bank's remit?

"And, if he doesn't, isn't he in danger of straying into the political arena, always difficult for an unelected official?

"I don't believe Mr Carney sees it that way.

"Issues such as the good functioning of economies fall squarely within the Bank's remit, the governor believes.

"The first line of the Bank's charter was drafted in 1694 and demands that the Bank 'promote the public Good and Benefit of our People' (which at that time meant paying for a war against France, a manoeuvre Mr Carney is not, one assumes, presently contemplating)."

Dec 12: Capita-Barnet-Argent-Related and Tavistock-Hammerson-Standard-Life's Brent Cross Cricklewood: The Road Ahead

The Guardian: "The Soviet Union collapsed overnight. Don’t assume western democracy will last for ever" (actually, at Brent Cross it already hasn't)

"The liberal order could fall apart just as suddenly as the USSR. If we want it to survive, we have to learn from what happened in Russia"

LB of Barnet and Hammerson in substantive talks

"Below the medieval citadel in Kazan, two vast frozen rivers turn the landscape white. On a Saturday afternoon there are a few hardy locals shuffling through the icy sludge to take selfies against the mosque, the Christmas lights and the Soviet-era statues.

"It's 25 years since I was last in Russia, trying and failing to revive the left during the chaotic first days of Boris Yeltsin’s economic reforms. Half a lifetime later I am here to address a room full of people who want to talk about replacing capitalism with something better – and suddenly we have something in common: now we both know what it’s like to see a system that once looked permanent collapsing.

"Since I've been here, almost everyone who has chosen to come and hear me is involved in either contemporary arts or philosophy. The journalists who want to interview me – a public critic of Putin's policy in Syria and Ukraine – mainly write for cultural magazines. These, if not exactly the new rock'n'roll, are the safest intellectual spaces in which critical thought can take place."

[Reposted - well, Brian's so popular] Daily Telegraph: "£100,000 pay-offs for council chiefs"

Link to Daily Telegraph

"Ministers [have] told local authorities to end the culture of 'eye-watering' compensation packages of up to £420,000 to former bosses.

"Brandon Lewis, the local government minister, accused the councils of showing a 'lack of respect' to taxpayers after figures compiled by this newspaper showed that scores of executives received six-figure sums on top of their salaries and pension contributions when they left their posts.

"... Barnet borough council, in north London, has paid almost £1 million to six executives over the past two years.

"Brian Reynolds, the former director of environment and development, received a £280,485 pay-off, on top of his £107,000 salary and pension payments. He has since formed Brian Reynolds Associates, a consultancy, and runs the Local Government Association’s 'productivity programme' to help make councils more efficient.

"A spokesman for Barnet said that it had saved £1.5 million by reducing its management team, but that it had to 'honour contracts'."

# You're A Pink Toothbrush, #
# I'm A Blue Toothbrush, ... #
(Sing along with Brian)
"Brian Reynolds Associates"

"Brian Reynolds has 10 years’ experience at the top level in local government. He was the Deputy Chief Executive of the London Borough of Barnet from 2000 to 2010, where he was responsible for regeneration, housing, planning, environment and adult social care. Brian was also part of the team that led the Council to the top Comprehensive Performance Assessment score in 2007/8.

"... At L B Barnet, Brian set up and led their housing estate regeneration programme in 2000. ... Despite the recession, that programme has been remarkably successful at Academy Court (formerly Stonegrove/Spur Road), at New Hendon Village (formerly Grahame Park) in Colindale, and most recently at Hendon Waterside (formerly West Hendon estate).

"... In 2008 Brian led the Council team that negotiated the commercial terms with Hammerson and Standard Life for the £4.2bn regeneration of Brent Cross & Cricklewood. This is a huge mixed use retail, housing and other commercial development scheme covering 150 acres and involving half a million sq ft of additional retail space, 7,500 new homes, and 20,000 new jobs.

"Brian also led on the development of the 'Barnet Bond' – a Tax Increment Finance (TIF) style proposal that eventually found its way into the Local Government Finance Bill 2011 as the Business Rate Retention Scheme."

From a reader:
"Dear Brent Cross Coalition,

"I have been very impressed by the fine development at 'Academy (Stonegrove) Court', particularly this delightful view from the flats/apartments:

"My admiration also applies to the equally-fine development at '(West) Hendon Waterside', including this oddly-familiar view from the flats/apartments:

"I understand that Brian Reynolds Associates have acted as consultants on the two schemes. We should congratulate them (him?) on the remarkable consistency they (he?) have achieved. These matters can so easily slip into tiresome individuality, unless rigid standardisation is enforced by talented and experienced executives."
Yours, P. Rachman Esq., Paddington

Link to RUDInet web site

RUDInet: "New London town centre with CHP plant and new rail station: plans submitted to Barnet Council"

"Plans for one of the biggest regeneration schemes ever undertaken in London have been submitted to Barnet Council. The £4.5 billion regeneration is designed to provide a new gateway to the capital and a vibrant new urban quarter in Barnet.

"The plans for a whole new town centre based around Cricklewood and Brent Cross would create 27,000 jobs, 7,500 homes, 3 schools, new health facilities, high quality parks and open spaces, and investment of more than £400 million in improving transport.

"The proposals from development partners, Brookfield Europe, formerly Multiplex [not any longer; they've cleared off], Hammerson and Standard Life Investments [still hanging in, just], also include a commitment to pioneering standards of environmental sustainability." [Yeh, right.]

"... The Leader of Barnet Council, Cllr Mike Freer, welcomed the proposals. He 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 Development Director for the Brent Cross Cricklewood Development Partners, Jonathan Joseph, said:
"This application represents a unique opportunity to deliver the long recognised potential for regeneration in Brent Cross Cricklewood, and create a thriving new town centre that will put this part of North West London firmly on the map.

Our plans will bring new homes, jobs, shops, schools, parks and leisure facilities, and the largest investment in transport and community infrastructure in the area's history. It is rare for London to get a new mainline station – and we will deliver one here. ['We'? Perhaps only in the world of Thomas the Tank Engine.]

Climate change is a vitally-important global issue, and we will use the latest technologies to increase recycling, maximise the use of renewable fuel, and reduce the scheme's carbon footprint.

'We firmly believe this is a scheme that will hugely benefit Barnet and London."
[Even if stuck with just the 'Brent Cross Living Bridge' [sic] now?]

'Estates Gazette' video


Washington Post: "Robots won’t kill the workforce, they’ll save the global economy"

"Across the world, the labor pool isn't growing fast enough to support our needs"

Reboot to web site

"The United Nations forecasts that the global population will rise from 7.3 billion to nearly 10 billion by 2050, a big number that often prompts warnings about overpopulation. Some have come from neo-Malthusians, who fear that population growth will outstrip the food supply, leaving a hungry planet.

"Others appear in the tirades of anti-immigrant populists, invoking the specter of a rising tide of humanity as cause to slam borders shut. Still others inspire a chorus of neo-Luddites, who fear that the 'rise of the robots' is rapidly making human workers obsolete, a threat all the more alarming if the human population is exploding.

"... [But] it may not be long before economists are worrying about a global shortage of robots. In many industrial countries, from Germany to Japan to South Korea, growth in the working-age population has already peaked, acting as a drag on the economy."

EngineeringUK: "The Future of Shopping Report 2016: Humanising Technology"

"Experts from the UK's most innovative tech companies, including Holition, have predicted a transformation of the British high street, as technology revolutionises the way we shop. From shop assistants, to in-store displays and virtual products, by 2050, high street shopping will be a radically different experience.

"The Future of Shopping Report collates articles from retail technology experts where each has a key role to play in shaping the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' - a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.

Russell Freeman says:
"It's ironic that the fashion industry is renowned for its innovation, yet the way we shop is so old-fashioned. From having to use a changing room, to being offered limited space in a shop, the whole experience is generic. The future of shopping offers personalised experiences for people, dependent on their taste and mood and at Holition we see it as the humanising of technology.

Augmented reality, virtual reality, drone delivery and artificial intelligence will completely change the way we shop. It's an exciting time - on the cusp of a revolution - and The Big Bang Fair will inspire young people to bring to life all that technology has to offer."


Christmas Shopping at Brent Cross Shopping Centre - don't you just love all the exclamation marks!!

"By now, you’ve seen the adverts on TV, and the decorations are up everywhere you look. Christmas season is officially here. While the festive folk among us have been preparing since, well, last Christmas, the rest of us are readying ourselves for the plunge into Christmas mania. [Apparently.]

"Maybe you’ve got the majority of your presents sorted and just need to pick up a few last bits and bobs. Well done, you! [Yes, Well Done!]

"Maybe you’re so focused on keeping your inner Scrooge at bay, you haven't even thought about Christmas shopping yet. Bah Humbug!

"Take it from us; we know how daunting the 'big Christmas shop' can seem. But if you stick to these 9 insider secrets, you’ll breeze through Brent Cross and come out more savvy than Santa himself."

And so, as the loose-bowelled pigeon of time swoops low over the unsuspecting tourist of destiny, and the flatulent skunk of fate wanders into the air-conditioning system of eternity, you can link to the web site.

Evening Standard: London traffic congestion (which LB of Barnet and Hammerson are trying to INCREASE, with their plans for a car-based Brent Cross shopping centre)


New Scientist: "The Future of Shopping: Robo Shop"

"Artificial intelligence and robotics are revolutionising business. And leading the way is the online grocery store Ocado"

Zap to web site

"IN THE control room at Ocado’s automated warehouse in Hatfield, 50 kilometres north of London, the firm's head of research is wielding something rather odd: an Xbox game controller. But Alex Harvey is not about to zap some aliens. Instead, with a deft twitch of his thumb, he zooms into a 3D computer model that looks, at first glance, like some kind of bizarre, multilayered train set.

"But this is actually an animated, real-time visualisation of the thicket of over 30 kilometres of conveyor systems in a warehouse the size of eleven football fields. It models the movement of thousands of crates around the conveyor belts to workstations where just a few human workers pack them to fulfil hundreds of thousands of online grocery orders every week.

"This simulation is crucial in designing the plant and testing the algorithms and software that controls it. And it also helps troubleshoot problems: if a crate jams, operators zoom in to see what's gone awry. 'The number of products picked per hour in a plant this size is so high that any minutes lost really matter,' says Harvey."


Evening Standard: "Revealed: London has the WORST traffic of any city in Europe" (and useless Barnet, Hammerson and Standard Life want to add to it!)

Link to web site

"London now has worse traffic congestion than anywhere else in Europe, a new study reveals today.

The capital has more congestion 'hotspots' - a total of 12,776 - than anywhere else in Europe, and they are having more of an impact on drivers’ ability to get about than hotspots in 123 other cities studied by traffic experts INRIX, in 19 different countries.

"The impact of traffic hotspots in London is 28 times worse than in the average city included in the study - and they are having more impact on drivers than hotspots in Rome, Paris Hamburg and Madrid combined.

"INRIX says it means London pays the highest price in Europe on time wasted in congestion, potentially costing drivers in the capital £42 billion over the next decade."


BBC: "Design Museum: A glossy new era and home"

Link to web site

"For years, London's Design Museum got by in a former banana warehouse near Tower Bridge. Now it has moved to a cool, minimalist home in Kensington. The new building is much bigger. It will offer, says the director, far more to intrigue all visitors - and not just the hardcore design fans.

"In 1962 the Queen opened the Commonwealth Institute on the leafy fringes of Holland Park in London. Its exhibition spaces were meant to help redefine Britain's relationship with its former colonies and the building inherited some of the feel of the Festival of Britain a decade earlier.

"But the institute gained a slightly unfair reputation for dull displays on the life-cycle of the coffee-bean. The public never entirely took the place to heart, finances grew tricky and in 2004 the Commonwealth Institute closed.

"About the same time, across London at Shad Thames, it was becoming clear that the Design Museum (which Sir Terence Conran had founded in 1989) needed a bigger location. The process of moving has been a long one: expanding onto the new site has cost £83m."


CORRECTION: Mon 21 Nov: Wembley Matters: "Brent Council to debate the West London Alliance on MONDAY"

Link to web site

"Brent Council is to debate the West London Alliance at its meeting on November 21st. The WLA brings the above boroughs together, in various combination, to deliver services. The combined population is nearly twice the size of Birmingham.

"Introducing the debate Cllr Butt, Leader of Brent Council states:
"The West London Alliance plays a central role in improving the collaborative approach of seven London councils, facilitating a communal approach to the challenges facing the residents and businesses of West London.

In housing, children’s services, in health and wellbeing, in employment and skills – the WLA has been at the forefront of offering innovative, forward-thinking approaches to the issues that matter to us all.

With ongoing central government cuts to local council funding and further reductions expected in the coming years, it is more important than ever that we work in partnership with our neighbouring boroughs. To share best practice and improve our ways of working, to find solutions the challenges that face us all.

Brent Council pledges to continue to work closely with the WLA and our neighbouring boroughs to deliver the best outcomes for the residents and businesses of West London. Even with the arrogant, incompetent and at times corrupt London Borough of Barnet." [He didn't say that.]


Evening Standard: "A ray of hope for those of us who despair of London’s glass towers"

Link to web site

"Populism, aka Trumpism, is on the march everywhere. In an unpublicised decision, the High Court in London last week upheld a recent referendum in St Ives in which 83 per cent voted in favour of a ban on non-residents buying new-build properties in the Cornish town.

"This could signal an earthquake. Keep away outsiders, cries St Ives. Goodbye second homers. Get lost Chinese investors. Build that wall!

This week a world cities congress is being held in London by the International Network for Traditional Building Architecture and Urbanism. It will  debate such topics as the urban environment and sustainable communities. I am delighted to see it is giving a prize to London's Mount Pleasant promoters, as an alternative to the new 'slab-rise' Clerkenwell backed by Boris Johnson.

"It is a test of Sadiq Khan if he has the guts to back it. But where does the congress stand on St Ives, and on its desire to exit the global property market? This is the question of today — hard Stexit or soft Stexit?"

The Speculation Game: "A five-point manifesto for next week's Autumn Statement"

Link to web site

"Next week is an important one for the immediate future of housing. A government white paper on housing will be published alongside Phillip [sic] Hammond’s Autumn Statement within the backdrop of a looming Brexit-induced rise in living costs and a growing budget deficit on the horizon. Cheap credit however is likely to herald a new phase of infrastructure spending along with greater national investment in housebuilding.

"Truth be told, if any of the following are put into practice it would be a fairly drastic departure from present housing policy but here are five recommendations nonetheless: ..."

ABC News - Heygate estate redevelopment

"Australian national broadcaster ABC News feature on the redevelopment of the Heygate estate at Elephant & Castle.

Council leader Peter John is forced to acknowledge that just a 'handful' of former residents have been able to return and is lost for words when asked how much profit the Council will make from the sale of the land to developer Lendlease."


Hammerson's Brent Cross, road congestion and light-rail: Barnet Times

Mrs Angry's Broken Barnet: "A Mid-Course Correction, or: Communicating the Journey We Are On - the Barnet Crapita contract, and a three-year 'review'"

Link to web site

"Arriving in the committee room on Tuesday night, before the Performance & Contract Monitoring meeting, Mrs Angry noted that senior officers from Crapita had already staked out their territory in what is supposed to be the public gallery, seating themselves in carefully chosen places, manspreading on a corporate scale - and watching one of the Labour councillors filling up a bottle of water from the now-you-see-it, now-you-don't, water cooler. 

"Now-you-see-it, now-you-don't, because - yes, you guessed it, Crapita removed the water from the public gallery, not so long ago. Why? Because it was free, and there must be no such things as a free glass of water, in Capitaville. Mrs Angry protested, and it was returned, eventually. But she warned the councillor she was being watched by the men from Crapita, and should probably expect an invoice, any day now. For the water, the cost of sending an invoice, and a gainshare payment for issuing an invoice. Kerrching.

"The Chair of the committee came in and asked Mrs Angry where fellow blogger Mr Reasonable was, clearly hoping he wouldn't turn up, follow up his awkward questions, or speak to the committee. Here was Mrs Angry's own opportunity for profit: Please tell me, she begged, how you have come to the conclusion, as expressed in the local paper, and by your acceptance of these reports, that the Crapita contracts are ... 'a success'?"


The Independent: "Lack of housing supply not to blame for soaring house prices, finds Labour-commissioned report"

"Redfern review says first time buyers' low wages and lack of mortgage availability have contributed to plummeting home ownership rates"

Link to web site

"Soaring house prices and plummeting home ownership rates in the UK have not been driven by a lack of new housing construction, a Labour party-commissioned review has found, contradicting conventional wisdom on the nature of the housing crisis.

"The Redfern Review, published today, states, instead, that the biggest drivers of the large increase in house prices over the past two decades have been rising incomes, falling interest rates and, more recently, a lack of mortgage finance availability for first-time buyers and the weakness of this group's income growth.

"It also warns that even substantially increasing the supply of new homes will not directly improve the home ownership rate in the near term.

"“New household formation and supply have been broadly in balance over the last 20 years and therefore the significant increases in house prices over that period have not been driven primarily by supply constraints,” it concludes."


The Guardian:
"Redfern review into housing: worth building on?"

"Taylor Wimpey chief’s Labour-backed study offers little fresh insight, but contains ideas Theresa May could consider pinching."


Municipal Dreams: "The Pendleton Estate:: 'A Salford of the Space Age' or 'Concrete Wasteland'?"

Link to web site

"This was the era – a brief one, in fact – in which high-rise took off. A few years earlier, back in 1956, only 6 per cent of homes nationally had been provided in flats of over five storeys. Ten years later, as the new Pendleton took shape, that proportion had risen to (and peaked at) 26 per cent. Avoiding the obloquy that hindsight has visited on such high-rise construction, there seemed, at the time, many compelling reasons for this shift.

"The mass slum clearances of the period and the apparent requirement to build replacement housing at density in inner-city areas, compounded by new restrictions on greenfield construction and dislike of sprawling suburban estates, provided one causal bundle. Salford, like many other inner-city authorities, also resented losing population and rateable income to beyond-border overspill.

"There were less tangible but equally potent ideological currents too – a new concern for urbanism and a sense that high-rise represented the future, modernity in a new Britain sloughing off the obsolescence which seemingly characterised so much of its housing and townscapes. The Report on the Plan claimed that the scheme represented ‘an unparalleled opportunity for Salford to think today what other cities would think tomorrow’.

"In the end, the judgments of tomorrow would be far less positive, but that's to jump ahead. The Ellor Street redevelopment almost uniquely captures many of the hopes and ambitions of the period."


Brent & Kilburn Times: "Anger over plans to replace historic building in Dollis Hill with a 27-storey tower"

The password today is "sailor"

"... The proposals for the empty building in Edgware Road will see the site converted into a mixed-used development with 150 flats, a banqueting hall and a fitness centre with a swimming pool.

"According to a pre-application report which outlines the plans, 30 of the new flats will be affordable housing, which falls below the borough’s recommendation of 50 per cent.

"... Alison Hopkins, a campaigner and former Lib Dem councillor for Dollis Hill, told the Times:
"... The idea of a 27-storey high tower block in a residential area with two storey 1920s houses is totally unacceptable. We need real social housing for families, not yet more high rise luxury flats for overseas investors to leave empty."
"During the 1930 and 40s the building, which was known as the Admiralty Chart House, was used to house government and armed service workers away from Whitehall in the event of an attack in central London during World War II."

[Reposted] Tavistock Communications and Hammerson's Brent Cross Shopping Centre: The Roads are Multiplying



Link to web site
"New rail line needed to tackle traffic at Brent Cross"
"The huge planned Brent Cross development should include a light rail line in order to reduce traffic growth, according to a new report published by the London group of the Campaign for Better Transport.

"Without the new line, the large residential and retail development would have a massive traffic impact: an extra 133,000 people and 29,000 extra vehicles are expected to travel into the area each weekday. There are 8,000 car parking spaces in the existing shopping centre, 7,500 additional spaces planned in the new residential element and an untold number in the commercial elements of the new scheme. The highway network and road junctions in the area would have to be enlarged to cope with the extra traffic."

[Reposted] Hammerson's Waste Incinerator: (Part of Barnet's corrupt Brent Cross approved planning consent)

This already has planning permission!
(Click to enlarge; the labels have been added to the original.
Barnet is to the left of the A5, Brent to the right.)

Link to PDF file

A BXC document (dated 1 December 2011) has been produced by LB of Barnet.
"A new rail linked WHF to replace and significantly enhance the existing Hendon Waste Transfer Station (HWTS) is proposed on a site fronting Edgware Road (A5) and Geron Way. This will be secured in partnership with the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) whose existing HWTS will close [and is presumably this tax-haven-based 'Cricklewood' site, alongside this tax-haven-based Willesden site].

"A Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant will be built close to Staples Corner [with permission for a 140-metre chimney, near the shopping centre].

It is intended (subject to feasibility studies and further statutory approvals in relation to detailed design and operating processes) to use a refuse derived fuel supplied by the new Waste Handling Facility (WHF), which would fulfil high standards of on-site renewable energy generation."

Reuters: "Trump and the demise of the American global order"

Link to web site

"History does not move in neat increments. Sometimes, though, dates are hard to ignore. So it seems fitting that Donald Trump's election as U.S. president was confirmed on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. That day in 1989 marked the symbolic triumph of the liberal, democratic and mostly American-led world order that had ruled a chunk of the globe for the previous half-century. Trump's victory 27 years later marks its demise.

"It is too early to say how the reality-TV star's dark and divisive campaign will translate into policy. At home, he will be constrained by a constitution specifically designed to limit a would-be tyrant's power. For the rest of the world, it remains to be seen whether Trump's actions live up to his more protectionist and belligerent rhetoric.

"Nevertheless, the era of American dominance – a period that started at the end of World War Two and reached its peak following the collapse of the Soviet Union – is coming to an end. This has profound consequences for the international order and the global economy."

[Reposted] Regeneration Manager - Brent Cross (This role has had more regenerations than Doctor Who)

Posted by Capita

London, South East England
Permanent, full-time

Salary negotiable
0 applications [we're saying nothing]

Regeneration Manager - Brent Cross

About the role
Capita Re is looking for a Regeneration Manager to join our team based in London, working on one of the most exciting regeneration schemes in Europe. The Brent Cross Cricklewood Regeneration will deliver a new quarter for London and provide a range of new life to the Barnet region, including the key new Thameslink train station and enhanced bus station to connect this development to the rest of London. This is an exciting role and a great step up for a Regeneration officer or Development Manager who would like to work in a large PMO.

This role will see you work closely with the Council and Regeneration Partners to develop and deliver the BXC Programme, exploring and taking the lead on technically assessing options as required, to maintain momentum on delivery and realise wider regeneration objectives and outcomes.

As the Regeneration Manager, you will manage the working relationships with stakeholders/partners and residents to provide high quality support to achieve the agreed outcomes and objectives.
About Capita Re  [No, really]
Re, Regional Enterprise Limited, is a joint venture between the London Borough of Barnet and Capita. Re runs the Council's development and regulatory services including strategic planning, development management and regeneration services and will deliver growth in the Borough and develop a new and exciting consultancy business, which will supplement the core activities. Re aim to build better services, provide value for money, support the local economy and make Barnet an even better place to live and work.
What you will do:
  • Assist on driving the delivery of Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration programme. This will include working on land assembly, legal agreements, planning, masterplanning, stakeholder management, community consultation and project management and reporting.
  • Utilise high level and a broad range of technical skills to review and assess options for maintaining momentum on regeneration delivery and influence the shape and direction of individual schemes. Act to provide added value through constructive challenge to project scope and set up, potentially conflicting with clients and stakeholders.
  • Proactively develop and manage relationships with partners and other service areas so as to ensure that the Regeneration Service retains both a positive and professional role in the delivery of the regeneration schemes and wider regeneration benefits within a culture that values residents, equality and diversity.
  • Offer high level, timely and accurate specialist/expert policy advice, research and project development support to all stakeholders.
  • With an outcome focused approach, encourage and apply creative and flexible approaches in implementing programmes through the partnership structures, in response to changing circumstances.
  • Apply a proactive approach to unblocking problems and barriers, cutting through unnecessary bureaucracy in delivering solutions that keep the project on track.
  • Complete each project in accordance with the organisation's quality and professional standards, processes, policies and procedures and within regulatory frameworks and financial approved limits.
  • Work effectively with project team members including consultants and project support staff, managing the fluctuating size of the project team over the course of the project.
  • Apply a rigorous financial management and business planning approach to project management ensuring strict cost/time management against budgets.
  • Maintain robust audit trails in line with best practice and Re/Council systems and procedures.
Your experience will include:
  • Regeneration, Housing or Property related qualification desirable (RICS or equivalent)
  • Degree level or equivalent professional qualification in related area
  • An excellent working knowledge of a broad range of relevant professional/technical skills, i.e. town planning, housing, development finance, construction, procurement etc., to support the successful management of a complex regeneration project.
  • Understanding of the scope and content of current legislation and regulations which affect and impact on the regeneration projects.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the role of partnerships, the private sector and the external market and the processes to harness resources and deliver completed regeneration projects.
  • Knowledge and experience of establishing and managing commercial/contractual arrangements for complex regeneration programmes including Partnership Models, Development Agreements, S106 and S278 Agreements
  • Sound knowledge and experience of project and programme methodologies such as Prince 2 or Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) a record of achievement in applying the principles of effective project and programme management
  • Experience of and a track record of achievement in effectively managing all aspects of complex regeneration schemes.
What's in it for you?
At Capita, training and development aren't optional extras: they're how we do our job. We will motivate you to perform at your peak, recognising your achievements and rewarding them appropriately. As well as a generous basic salary we also give you 23 day's [sic!] holiday, company pension scheme and access to voluntary benefit options including; child care vouchers, share save scheme, life assurance, holiday buy and many more designed to suit your own personal lifestyle. All of this, in a professional but fun environment.
What we hope you will do next
Help us find out more about you by completing our short application process.
Capita operates as an equal opportunities employer and we welcome all applications regardless of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, religion or beliefs, disability, age, political opinions or trade union membership.

Capita Resourcing is a trading name of Capita Resourcing Ltd. Services offered are those of an Employment Agency and Employment Business, and you really are meant to keep a straight face when reading the advert above. [They didn't say that.]

Late news:

"Sorry, the job you're looking for is no longer being advertised. However, you can still search for similar jobs,"