Barnet Council’s planning committee has granted consent to the Brent Cross Cricklewood Development Partners, Hammerson and Standard Life Investments, to improve two green spaces as part of the first phase of the regeneration of Brent Cross Cricklewood.
The plans to improve Clitterhouse Playing Fields and Claremont Way Open Space are the first stage of improvements to open spaces within the Brent Cross Cricklewood masterplan, which will eventually deliver an additional 22 acres, equivalent to 15 full size football pitches, when complete.
Clitterhouse Playing Fields will be re-landscaped to offer new sports pitches and play areas alongside community gardens, wildlife areas and a new pavilion. Claremont Way Open Space will become a community park with children’s play facilities and picnic areas.
Clitterhouse Playing Fields will be completely re-landscaped to create levelled sports pitches and play areas as well as community gardens, wildlife areas and open grass meadows. The new pavilion has a café, toilets and changing rooms.
Claremont Park gets new children’s play facilities and an open kickabout space for older children, new picnic areas, and new entrance plazas on Brent Terrace and Claremont Road.
Ben Littman, Development Manager at Hammerson, said “We are pleased to receive approval for our plans for Clitterhouse Playing Fields and Claremont Park. These upgrades will offer something special for communities across the area, turning two underused spaces into parks that will be delivered at the very start of the regeneration.
“These are the first benefits to come forward and over the coming months we hope to also gain consent for our huge investment in roads, junctions and bridges, and the creation of Central Brent Riverside Park.”
Barnet Council Leader, Councillor Richard Cornelius, said: “Barnet has a large number of excellent green spaces and we know how much they are valued by our residents. I’m delighted that these plans for new sports facilities and open spaces will contribute to that.
“I am eager for the development to start so that these facilities can be enjoyed by people for many years to come.”
The plans consented at planning committee on 25 June are for part 1 of Clitterhouse Playing Fields. Part 2, which comprises some of the improvements to the northern section of the park, will be brought forward as part of a later phase – the Brent Cross South scheme. The preferred developer for Brent Cross South is Argent Related. Part 2 is expected to create further park facilities and other improvements.
The first phase of the Brent Cross Cricklewood masterplan also includes the replacement homes for the first part of the Whitefield Estate.
Later this year Hammerson and Standard Life Investments expect to launch their vision for the transformation of Brent Cross Shopping Centre.