The Secretary of State for Department of Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid has approved two compulsory purchase orders that move the Brent Cross scheme to the next stage of the development process.
The Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration scheme aims to create a sustainable new town centre for Barnet and North London and bring over 7,500 news homes, substantial commercial and retail space and improved transport links over 151 hectares.
Leader of Barnet Council, Councillor Richard Cornelius, said: “The Secretary of State’s decision is a significant milestone in the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration scheme which is a huge growth opportunity for Barnet and also for London.
“The scheme will be transformational creating a new town centre, deliver up to 27,000 jobs, 7,500 new homes, new transport and infrastructure investment and will spearhead economic growth in the area.
“We continue to work with all our partners, local business and the community to realise the potential of the scheme and deliver for Barnet.
“A compulsory purchase order is always a last resort and we acknowledge some residents are affected as their 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 SoS decision follows an extensive public inquiry in 2016 where representations were submitted from local business and community representatives.