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


Barnet Times: " 'Behind our backs': campaigners speak out as council sign lease with waste management firm in Cricklewood"

Link to web site

"Campaigners feel 'betrayed' after a lease for two properties was granted to a waste management company despite protesters' objections."

P B Donoghue, a waste management and skip hire company, will lease two units and yard space in Claremont Way Industrial Estate from Barnet Council.

"Campaigners recently protested for the company’s removal from a site it owns in Claremont Road, Golders Green, complaining of air and noise pollution."


The Compulsory Purchase Association (you MUST become a member)

CPA National Conference 2017
Thursday 22nd June 2017

Registration 9.30; Start 10.00; Close 17.00
Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS
5.5 Hours CPD

The CPA National Conference seeks to brief members and other delegates on key issues and topics within the sector, providing valuable CPD [?] for all those engaged in CPO and land compensation work.

With the provision of infrastructure and housing at the top of Government’s agenda, demand for the services of compulsory purchase and compensation practitioners continues to increase. HS2, Crossrail 2, Heathrow Terminal 5 and the garden villages/ towns programme currently grab the headlines, but across the country there are hundreds of projects that demand the skills of those with an understanding of how to implement and advise on CPOs.

At the same time the pace of CPO reform is accelerating. Following hard on the heels of the changes introduced by the Housing and Planning Act 2016, fundamental alterations to temporary possession powers and the ‘no-scheme principle’ have been introduced in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill. With a new Housing Bill also likely this year, further reform is possible.

There has never been a more urgent need to keep up to date with rapidly developing law and practice.

The CPA National Conference brings together members and non members alike. With over 250 attendees at last year’s conference, it is a major networking event in the CPO calendar and a pre-eminent programme to attract the very best in the CPO world.

If you do CPO work, then this is a must attend event; both for networking and technical knowledge.

Programme: Confirmed to date
  • Keynote - to be confirmed
  • The new lending code for dealing with negative equity
      • The law as it stands- crystalising the debt on compulsory acquisition
      • Problems with the existing system for claimants and acquiring authorities
      • Transferring mortgages to a new property
      • When does the new Code apply and what does it do?
  • Application of Human Rights, Government Guidance, and best practice for Compulsory acquisition 
      • Relocation and locality
  • Access to justice
      • The costs of the compensation claims in the Upper Tribunal
      • Does ADR have a role?
      • What forms of ADR should be considered?
  • Infrastructure Real Estate Projects In Canada’s Capital City, Ottawa
      • An introduction
      • A blend of US practice with a bit of Victorian UK law thrown in
      • Acquisition Strategy For Right Of Way Projects, e.g. Light Rail Transit and Combined Sewer Storage Tunnel 
      • The use of a public private partnership for the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park 
  • Use it or lose it - The compulsory acquisition of residential development land
      • Birmingham and Manchester have plans
      • Planning Officers Society’s proposals
      • A disincentive for developers purchasing land?
      • Can such land acquisition satisfy the “compelling case in the public interest” test?
      • Will this really speed up housing delivery?
  • Legal update 
  • Heathrow case study
      • This is the scheme
      • Threats, key frustrations
      • We are not focusing on the merits of the scheme, simply the application of CPO rules into a highly contentious and politically charged environment
      • Key focus: the reasoning behind the 125% valuation and dropping the previous HOSS scheme would be of great interest to members and inform the debate on blight mitigation.
      • Operating in a regulatory environment
  • Neighbourhood Planning Bill and the scheme rules.

Speakers: Confirmed to date

Matthew Collings, Eversheds
Colin Cottage, CPA Chair, Glenny LLP
Jonathan Deegan, Heathrow Airport Ltd
Killian Garvey, Kings Chambers
Richard Guyatt, Bond Dickinson
Craig Howell Williams QC, Francis Taylor Building
Mike Kiely, Chair, Planning Officers Society
Gordon MacNair, Corporate Real Estate Office, City of Ottawa
Adrian Maher, aspireCP
Liz Peace, British Property Federation
Vicky Fowler, CPA Vice Chair and Gowlings WLG (UK) LLP
Toni Weston, Gowlings WLG (UK) LLP


Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation: AECOM appointed as OPDC's Old Oak Masterplanner. (Already they are Brent Cross's transport planners - presumably not with the 29,000 extra cars per day promised for the Brent Cross area.)

"Following an OJEU-compliant [that's COMPLIANT, not COMPLAINT!] procurement process, the seven short-listed bids have been evaluated and the preferred bidder is AECOM.

The objectives of the Old Oak masterplanning contract are:

  • To create a masterplan that is deliverable and reflects the quality and sustainability aspirations set out in the OPDC draft Local Plan and supporting studies.
  • To create a masterplan that will establish a new benchmark for successful long-term placemaking in Old Oak, west London.
  • To establish an overarching approach for the delivery of the Old Oak area shared by partners and stakeholders, which delivers social and economic benefits for local communities.
  • To inform OPDC planning policy.

Forecasted timeline and key milestones:

  • OJEU Standstill period — 12-22 May 2017
  • Contract start and mobilisation — May/June 2017
  • Visioning and baseline analysis — Summer 2017
  • Longlist, shortlist options (incl. engagement with stakeholders) — Autumn 2017
  • Preferred option refinement, first draft strategies — Early 2018
  • Final deliverables: spatial masterplan, phasing, transport, commercial and residential strategies — Spring 2018

The Old Oak masterplanning contract will allow for:

  • Greater certainty for landowners, investors and stakeholders on how and when the area will be developed.
  • The development of a clear delivery strategy, funding and financing strategy, land assembly strategy and business plan for OPDC as a future landowner.
  • Clarity and consensus on what key site wide infrastructure is needed and where it would be located to allow for procurement and investment.
  • A site wide approach to development, creating synergies between different landowners schemes.

Background on OPDC and scale of opportunity

"Old Oak and Park Royal is London’s largest Opportunity Area with a new High Speed 2 (HS2) and Crossrail Station due to be constructed at Old Oak by 2026.

"Redevelopment of the area has the potential to deliver 24,000 new homes and 55,000 jobs in Old Oak and 1,500 new homes and 10,000 jobs on the adjoining Park Royal industrial estate.

"OPDC was established in April 2015 to drive forward future development plans for the wider area.

"OPDC has full planning powers within its 650 hectare boundary that includes land in the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Brent."


Argent Related: Brent Cross is high risk. Better concentrate on Tottenham Hale...

Link to 'This is Local London'

"Tottenham Hale regeneration plans have moved a step closer with the signing of a partnership between a leading development company and Haringey Council.

The agreed framework with Argent Related details the building of 900 homes over the next five years, some of which could be completed by 2020.

"Community groups, schools and businesses could soon be invited to talks with both the company and council, where feedback on various aspects of the framework will be encouraged.

"Leader of Haringey Council, councillor Claire Kober, said: 'This is a significant milestones in our ambitious plans for Tottenham Hale'."

Brent & Kilburn Times: "Community protest in Cricklewood for waste company to relocate"

Link to web site

Communities living near a waste site in Cricklewood are campaigning for the relocation of a waste firm as they battle daily against smells and dust.

"More than a hundred people gathered outside P.B Donoghue in Claremont Road armed with banners and chants on 28 April saying 'Dump Donoghue'.

"Lisa Pate, from the Golders Green Estate Residents Association, said:
"It used to be a just skip hire and now they go and get the waste from different industrial sites and bring it back. It's tons and tons a day, hundreds of HGV movements a day."


IPE Real Estate: "Retail UK: Lights out at the mall" (Alas poor Hammerson!)

"Shopping centres specialists have been investing heavily in a changing world. But the outlook for the sector still looks gloomy."

"The rise of modern in-town shopping centres in the UK first gained traction in the 1960s with schemes such as the Bull Ring in Birmingham (which was redeveloped in 2003), and out-of-town schemes in the 1970s such as Brent Cross in North London. The explosion of development since then is the direct result of a shift in shopping habits favouring shopping centres over traditional high streets, many of which have been displaced.

"Good-quality UK shopping centres have long been favoured by investors wanting exposure to landlord-friendly leases providing stable income streams. Leading up to the Great Recession, shopping centres experienced three decades of almost uninterrupted growth, during which London offices rents were both volatile and range-bound.

"However, this trend in rental growth has slowed and may even be reversing, as physical retail sales growth and tenant densities have stalled for the better part of a decade. The change in fortune for physical retail was initially driven by a fall in disposable incomes resulting from the global financial crisis. But the deeper rooted – and more serious – issue is the disruption caused by growth in e-commerce."

Treasury to give pots of money to dig Barnet out of "New Cricklewood" (=source: Hammerson) Thameslink Station hole. (And nothing for Boris's platforms to Old Oak Common)

What we will actually get:

(That's enough blow-back from Barnet's corrupt Brent Cross Cricklewood planning consent. Ed.)

Boris's aspirations: