As the Mayor may know, the Brent Cross development was rejected in a public inquiry in 2000 on the basis that the future regeneration scheme for 2000 residential units was nebulous. The Secretary of State defined Brent Cross as a regional shopping centre in an out-of-centre location and should therefore be developed after local town centres which are favoured first.
The developers consequently repositioned Brent Cross as a new town centre in order to address this criticism. However, on the recently reduced plans for BXC, there is no commitment to any of the future phases which would deliver community infrastructure including the train station, hotels, offices, parks, jobs and so on. Only the shopping centre and 795 residential units are now promised.
- Does the Mayor believe Brent Cross should be continued to be viewed as a 'new town centre' in light of the reduced housing provision? - What is the now revised total level of affordable housing? - What consultation of the GLA has occurred in this revision? - Has the Mayor's Housing advisor thus accepted a decreased affordable housing target for the London Borough of Barnet? What is the new target?