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London Civic Forum: Brent Cross is a bit iffy

"Plans to enlarge the Brent Cross centre have been in the pipeline for several years and been through several rounds of consultation. [Ha!]  Now Hammerson has unveiled its latest plans which were publicly consulted on earlier this month and are due to go before planners at Barnet council next spring.

"The scheme was previously called Brent Cross Cricklewood and was designed by Allies & Morrison. But in 2014 the site was divided into two with the plot north of the A406 North Circular road – which includes the shopping centre – now being called Brent Cross London. It will be developed by Hammerson and Standard Life.

"The 1976 shopping centre will be doubled in size and the bus station will be enlarged and relocated.

"Architects working on the scheme include Chapman Taylor, Callison RTKL and Macgregor Smith and the plans include around 400 homes and a riverside park.

"The southern portion, Brent Cross South, is being delivered by Argent Related in a joint venture with the council and will include 6,700 homes and more shops, but configured in a more traditional way like a high street.

"But is it sustainable? Will it hoover up all the retail growth in North London? What will be the impact on town centres in North London? What happened to the 'town centre first' policy? What would that mean in North London?"

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