We are opposed to plans to build on the green space on Cricklewood Lane (outside B&Q) as part of the Brent Cross development BXC. We call for this ‘green island’ to be secured in perpetuity for residents of Cricklewood/NW2 area on the following grounds:
It was awarded to the community as planning gain (under section 106) when Food Giant, who occupied the B&Q site, was built and is therefore not Barnet's to sell, or allow a change of use
It is outrageous that building on this green space has been quietly wrapped up into a planning application for Brent Cross shopping centre, more than a mile away in orfer to get planning permission by stealth. It should never have formed part of the planning application
This space was conveniently not counted as green in the BXC planning documents so that its loss would have less significance
This development would deprive the Cricklewood area of the only green space in the town
The green island has been used as a village green for over twenty years, and hosts annual festivals such as the Silk Road Festival
There is no town centre or town square in Cricklewood, or any other area except the green island which could be developed as an urban park or plaza.