Boroughs | Barnet




Map Key

  • Investment Opportunities
  • Opportunity Areas
  • Area of Intensification
  • Central activity Zone

Town Centres

  • International or metropolitan
  • Major
  • District
  • Borough Boundary
  • Green Belt
  • Metropolitan open land / Other open spaces
  • Rail station
  • Railway track
  • Foreshore
  • Water

Investment Opportunities

  1. Brent Cross Cricklewood
  2. Colindale

Investment Opportunities

Brent Cross Cricklewood

Brent Cross Cricklewood

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:

  • A £10m investment in Colindale’s parks, with investment complete in the Silk Stream, Montrose and Colindale Parks, and investment in Rushgrove Park due in 2024 and an application imminent to improve Heybourne Park.
  • Government Levelling Up Investment, which will see the delivery of a remodelled Colindale Underground Station, providing step-free access and increased gate capacity by 2028.
  • A new health and wellbeing centre to open in 2024.
  • A programme to deliver improvements to key junctions, roads and public realm within the area.

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

  • Barnet is London’s second largest borough - home to more than 389,000 people.
  • Barnet has more businesses than any outer London borough, most of which are ‘micro’, but together employ more than 130,000 people.
  • Barnet is home to the Brent Cross Cricklewood redevelopment project, which is one of the largest regeneration schemes in Europe. It will create a new neighbourhood in the borough, which pledges to be net zero carbon by 2030, deliver up to 7,500 new homes, over 3m square feet of workspace and create 25,000 new jobs, as well as the new Brent Cross West station that will connect to central London in 12 minutes.

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.”

  • Ensure the council delivers its services in a way that supports businesses so that business-focused services are delivered in a streamlined way.
  • Identify and support growing sectors across the borough; provide targeted support for existing and new businesses in partnership with higher and further education institutions.
  • Work with inward investment partners to attract new business and investment to complement the borough’s existing economic strengths.
  • Create job and skills development opportunities for local people; with partners identify and support those furthest from employment to find work. Leverage growth and development to create job opportunities and skills development for local people, particularly people from marginalised communities and young people not in education, employment or training.
  • Support the local economy including promotion of local supply chains; promote local supply chain opportunities through development and across public sector partners.