The Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has approved the Compulsory Purchase Order for the new Brent Cross West Thameslink station.
This enables Barnet Council to move the £250m programme to the next stage of the development process, which will deliver an additional new station to support the development of 7,500 new homes, offices and an expanded shopping centre at Brent Cross, along with replacement freight and waste facilities. The new station will open in 2022.
The Leader of Barnet Council, Councillor Richard Cornelius, said: “The Secretary of State’s decision marks a significant milestone in the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration scheme, which will bring great benefits to Barnet and also to London.
“This approval will now advance Barnet Council and partners Network Rail to delivering the new Brent Cross West station, which will link residents to Kings Cross St Pancras in 12 minutes.
“A compulsory purchase order is always a last resort and we acknowledge those whose properties may fall within the boundary of the development. We will continue to work to reach agreement with them, local business and all our partners, to realise the potential of the area and deliver for Barnet.”
The Secretary of State’s confirmation follows a public inquiry in September 2017.