The Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration programme is one of Europe’s biggest regeneration projects. As part of the ambitious scheme Brent Cross Town is the neighbourhood at the heart of Brent Cross Cricklewood, which is being built in partnership between Barnet Council and Related Argent. Work started in 2020 and will see the comprehensive regeneration of 180 acres to create a sustainable new town centre for Barnet and North London. This comprises 50 acres of parks and playing fields, 6,700 new homes, and 3m sqft of office space, plus retail, restaurants, leisure, student accommodation and schools. Brent Cross West station, the first main line station to be built in London in a decade, being led by Barnet Council, is due to open in 2023, connecting Brent Cross to King’s Cross in 12 minutes. The first office and homes at Brent Cross Town will be occupied next year.
Colindale is a neighbourhood of Barnet undergoing a major regeneration programme, building more than 6,400 high quality new homes within a pipeline of 12,760 up to 2036.
The level of growth is supported by significant investment in infrastructure, including:
Barnet Council is building a sustainable borough that is fit for the future. Working with partners on one of the country’s most ambitious development programmes we will deliver 35,500 new homes by 2036, including 1,000 new council homes, to serve resident communities and to accommodate a growing population.
Over the last five years, Barnet has received more than £90 million in development contributions, enabling the council to further enhance the borough and support residents to live fulfilling, healthy and independent lives. Resident satisfaction with the local area as a place to live is consistently higher (83%) than the London average (79%).
The borough continues to have a strong economy, with more than 4,305 new businesses registered in Barnet in 2021 alone. The council will invest almost £30 million in our largest town centres over the next 10 years.
In places like Brent Cross, Chipping Barnet, Colindale, Finchley Central and Golders Green, the council is leading complex, long-term regeneration programmes to enhance the borough. The council has approved an average of over 4,000 homes pa over the last three years, compared to an annual target of 2,349 homes set in the 2017 London Plan.
The Brent Cross Cricklewood scheme will create space for up to 25,000 new jobs and 7,500 new homes. A new train station alongside Barnet’s new park town, Brent Cross Town, will establish Brent Cross Cricklewood as a prominent new town centre for North London.
Population projections 2050 447,123
London plan new homes (ten-year target) 23,640
Susan Curran, Head of Housing and Regeneration
“Our vision is to work together to be one of the most sustainable boroughs in London. As a new administration, this is the start of our journey to future-proof Barnet and put sustainability and communities at the heart of everything we do, ensuring everyone can benefit from green growth and that no-one is held back. We want to create a local green revolution, developing skills today to realise the potential of tomorrow whether that’s to help deliver our ambitions on zero carbon development and affordable homes, to build a network of local suppliers to turbocharge our green economy, or to encourage digital, cultural, and creative industries that help further our sustainability goals. For us this is as much about celebrating our diversity and promoting equality and inclusion as it is about addressing the climate emergency. We are a council that cares about people, places, and the planet, and we want to seize all the opportunities for change to make Barnet socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable. Our ambition is to be an exemplar of what a successful and sustainable 21st century borough looks like.”