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2012-08-03

Estates Gazette: "Town centres... it's not all about shopping"


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"I learn that Mr Shapps ... [announced] another round of Portas Pilots. I have to say, looking again at the CLG Guide 'Re-imagining urban spaces to help revitalise our high streets', I do think the debate has taken a very healthy turn. 

"...What is different this time around? For a start, even if there is still a reluctance to relinquish the holy grail of a 'retail offer', there now seems to be, at least, a wide acceptance that town centres are not just for retail.

"... So retail is still a 'nice to have' alright; just don't bet the farm on it."



Down Memory Lane:


"The future: Welcome to the Brent Cross Cricklewood Development"
(currently on the shopping centre web site)
"On 25 March 2008, plans for one of the biggest regeneration schemes London has ever seen were submitted to Barnet Council. The £4.5 billion regeneration is designed to provide a new gateway to London 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 Hammerson and Standard Life Investments (owners of Brent Cross Shopping Centre) and Cricklewood Regeneration Limited (Brookfield Europe and Hammerson), also include a commitment to pioneering standards of environmental sustainability. [Brookfield/Multiplex cleared off two years ago!]

"The scheme aims to be the first in the UK to combine automated waste collection through a network of underground pipes, linked directly to a new waste handling and recycling facility. The waste collected would produce fuel for a combined heat and power plant on site.

"Rapid and efficient links would be created between the existing and new rail stations, along a new High Street, to an enhanced Brent Cross Shopping Centre and through to Brent Cross Tube. This would represent a step change in the accessibility of the area by public transport. Lined with trees, shops and caf├ęs, the High Street would pass through a series of new public squares and over a new bridge across the A406.

"The 151 hectare regeneration area is bordered by Brent Cross Shopping Centre in the North, The A41 (Hendon Way) in the East, Cricklewood Lane in the South and the A5 (Edgware Road) in the West. The A406 (North Circular Road) also passes through the site, as does the Midland Mainline rail route.

"The application follows extensive community consultation. The proposals will go on exhibition soon and Barnet Council will be seeking the views of residents within and bordering the regeneration area. They will then be considered by the local planning authority. If approved, the plans would be implemented over the next 15 to 20 years."


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