|Link to BBC London|
"Almost 2,000 residents have taken part in a protest against Barnet Council's budget cuts.
"Leader of the council Lynne Hillan said it remained committed to protecting the most vulnerable, and was putting an extra £2.5m into child protection."
(The BXC Coalition does not endorse - or oppose - this matter.)
|Click picture above for march and rally photographs|
from Barnet Eye
A failed high-quality office development on the North Circular Road, with excellent public transport links? TELL US ABOUT IT! (As Diageo cries into its pint of Guinness)
|Link to summary of the new planning application|
The complete application is on the London Borough of Brent web site.
Discuss the plan with Brent's Case Officer, Neil McClellan on 020 8937 5243
(email@example.com) and submit your comments.
|Original plan for 'First Central' estate|
Following successful unanimous votes in Harrow Council and Ealing Council previously, Brent Council on 24 January became the third London Borough to support a motion to investigate a 'North and West London Light Railway' running south-west from Brent Cross (shown on the map below).
Such a passenger service, on what is currently just a freight line, would be roughly parallel to the North Circular Road.
It could run to the proposed Crossrail and High-Speed-Two station at Old Oak Common in west London.
|Click on map above, for more |
transport details about Brent Cross
|Read the Full Monty |
(photo: Barnet Times)
Key points in government proposals:
Local people and communities will have real power and a bigger say over their area, through a new right to challenge to take over services.
They will also have a new right to bid to buy local assets, such as libraries, pubs and shops.
The Bill will introduce a new right for communities to shape their local areas. Neighbourhood plans will enable communities to permit development – in full or in outline – without the need for planning applications.
Community Right to Build
This measure will give local communities the power to take forward development in their area without the need to apply for planning permission, subject to meeting certain safeguards and securing 50 per cent support of the community through a referendum.
It will be for communities to identify suitable land, sources of finance and secure support for their proposals, but we will put in place arrangements to provide help and guidance
Local authorities will also have to publish up-to-date information direct to the public on what planning documents they are preparing, while central government powers to direct changes will be more limited.
|Link to BBC News|
"The UK government has just weeks to convince EU officials that it will meet European clean air standards in London, if it is to avoid a court case.
"... Last year a scientific study commissioned by London Mayor Boris Johnson estimated that air pollution was responsible for 4,267 early deaths in the UK capital, through long-term exposure."
|Link to web site|
"While cities across the world were to blame for around 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, urban dwellers who can use public transport rather than drive helped to lower per capita emissions in some cities."
Is London Communications Agency shy about announcing Hammerson's Brent Cross Cricklewood planning permission?
|Go to Page 5 of November's 'Shopping Centre'|
"Managing Director at Hammerson UK Retail, Lawrence Hutchings, said: 'Bullring [sic] has a fantastic reputation ...'
"... Hammerson also plans to extend a number of its retail parks, including Abbey in Belfast, and Battery in Birmingham. ... The Orchard Centre in Didcot is in the design stage."
Brent Cross Cricklewood
- The Planning Permission That Dare Not Speak Its Name.
- The Planning Permission That Dare Not Speak Its Name.
|Link to Green Alliance web site|
The Green Alliance 2011 conference
- Nick Hurd MP, minister for civil society
- Matthew Taylor, chief executive, RSA
- Dame Fiona Reynolds, director-general, National Trust
- Paul Twivy, chief executive, Big Society Network
- Nick Boles MP, PPS to Minister of State for Schools
- Mike Clarke, chief executive, RSPB
|Link to London and South East RUS report|
|You can watch the whole film!|
"There is now a consultation period [till mid-March] on this Strategy, and we welcome your comments and feedback, particularly on the interventions suggested."
GreenWise: "Commercial buildings task group launches to cut carbon emissions". [We say: Hammerson hypocrisy, given all the extra Brent Cross traffic!]
|Link to GreenWise web site|
"... The new task group, which has 30 members including Hammerson, Cundall and British Land, also plans to give suggestions on how to amend the 'Carbon Reduction Commitment', a scheme to drive down carbon emissions in big business."
'The March to Finchley', William Hogarth, 1750 ('The Battle of Brent Cross', Hammerson, 2011. "Compare and Contrast.")
|Link to 'Broken Barnet' web site|
Reference in text to Barnet Councillors:
"bus", "public transport": these are widely available ways of moving from A to B, if you do not have:
- a free parking permit,
- use of the Mayoral limousine, or
- a preference for travelling by taxi at the local tax-payers' expense,
but frankly, are best avoided by the better class of person, and councillors.)
"About The Barnet Mash: Everything on this blog is completely made up. If you think we have accidentally reported the truth, please let us know and we will immediately rectify the situation."
|Link to 'The Shopping Centre' web site|
Service and product providers to the industry (limited availablilty [sic]): £295 (including all refreshments)
"In 2011 'Shopping Centre' celebrates its 20th Birthday. Can you believe it is so long since Eric Williams launched the title in 1991?"
We say: No we can't. We really can't.
Thanks to Hammerson, Brent Cross traffic is ready to play its part in creating extra air pollution...
Evening Standard: "Londoners could pay £25 each in EU fines for pollution failure"
|Link to Evening Standard|
Barnet Press (well, he mentions Brent Cross), and Ham & High (Can't Barnet money go into local light-rail?)
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|Link to Boris's consultation|
"Stuff Hammerson" lobby of Mayor Boris's west London meeting last night (AND we sat next to him on the Central Line, on the way there). [updated]
|Click to see one of the leaflets enlarged|
|Click on Boris's hair (just below the TfL roundel) for transport goodies|
|Report on the meeting|
Click for Brent now backs a light railway.
|Link to uk-analyst.com|
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|Link to news item|
"Even boroughs likely to see very little benefit from Crossrail, such as Croydon and Barnet, will have to charge developers the levy. The charge, between £20-50 per m², will be collected under the government’s proposed Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) system."
(Hammerson would get the North London Waste Authority to arrange everything. That has not exactly been helped by the government cancelling a PFI deal, to pay for it all.)
Hammerson plc (Paris: GB0004065016 - news)
04 January 2011
Annual Information Update
Hammerson plc ("the Company") is pleased to provide an annual information update, in accordance with the requirements of the Prospectus Rule 5.2. This update refers to information that has been published or made available by the Company to the public over the twelve months ended on 31 December 2010. To avoid an unnecessarily lengthy document, information is referred to in this update rather than included in full.
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or link to article: The Guardian
"...Prime shopping centres have become highly coveted as the building of new malls has slowed to a trickle, despite Britain's obsession with shopping."
"...Property developer Hammerson is the second-largest player, with nine malls."
"Experts blame an arduous planning regime and a shortage of finance. 'The tap has been slowly turned off and we have to find a way to turn it back on again,' said Charles Miller, head of retail at King Sturge. 'The planning regime hasn't helped and localism has made it a lot more complex.' "
" 'There is growth to be had, but it has to be the right type of shopping centre,' said Lawrence Hutchings, head of retail at Hammerson. 'Retailers are feeling the need to be in fewer locations than in the past, but they need flagship stores that embody the brand. It's a real opportunity for prime shopping centres.' "
|Link to Sarf London|
"Centrale shopping centre could be sold to property company Hammerson within days, as part of a £250m deal for six retail developments around the UK."
Odd fact: Centrale is next to the Croydon light-rail system, and paid for an extra station...
|Photo: Neil Clifton|
|Link to BBC web site|
"South Yorkshire Police said a waste incinerator had exploded, creating a hole in the factory's wall."
|Link to Sterecycle web site|
"We plan to have at least 6 plants operational by 2013 including in Yorkshire, Wales, London and Glasgow."
Link to later video of explosion.
|Link to Evening Standard|
[In central London] ... "office towers only tend to stack up economically if the space can be rented out at somewhere around £80 per square foot. Fine, if you can afford to rent space for 150 or so highly-paid staff on one floor of, say, the Walkie Talkie. Not fine if you want to house 400 or so of the rank and file on one floor, and are not keen on paying more than £50 per square foot."
"... local authorities will be pushed around by developers to settle for a return to big, sprawling developments geared around the car."
|Recent "Yes, Minister" visit to |
Barnet's Council Leader
(Click for Barnet Times)
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and to purchase Rob Cowan's 'Plandemonium' book
Plus: Details of "A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain"