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Brent Cross and Cricklewood Regeneration

Advising and acting for the London Borough of Barnet in relation to the determination of what was probably the largest single planning application in north-west London and certainly the largest in Barnet.


The site involves the regeneration and redevelopment of a 218 hectare site which straddles the A407 North Circular Road and includes the southern junction of the M1 Motorway at Staples Corner. The development includes a large-scale extension of Brent Cross Shopping Centre as well as approximately 7500 dwellings, 4 million square feet of offices, major transport improvements (including new railway and bus stations) and a Combined Heating and Cooling Plant producing on-site renewable energy based on refuse derived fuel or other renewable technologies. Work has included complex Environmental Impact Assessment and Transport Assessment issues to ensure that the planning permission was robust and the development could evolve over the 20-25 years anticipated development period.

Planning permission was granted in October 2010 on the basis of a very large and complex section 106 agreement containing some innovative solutions. The Mayor and the Secretary of State declined to exercise their statutory powers of direction and/or call-in in relation to this application and work on detailed design and delivery the project continues. The importance of the BXC project merited a special strategic policy in the Core Strategy and I have also advised on that policy and the related monitoring and review criteria. I also appeared alongside officers of the Council at the Core Strategy Examination Hearing.

Paul has successfully supported the planning department on a number of high profile and complex cases demonstrating an ability to resolve issues quickly and collaboratively. As a first rate planning lawyer he is an asset to any project team. Always a safe pair of hands but Paul also brings with him a clear focus and ability to drive solutions forward. As a skilled negotiator he is relentless in his pursuit to deliver and his advice is consistently reliable, timely and robust. Without a doubt one of the most effective operators in his field.

Martin Cowie, Assistant Director of Planning and Development Management at the London Borough of Barnet.