London Mayor Boris Johnson has approved plans to build a new town centre in Brent, including improvements to local road infrastructure.
The £4.5bn scheme for Cricklewood and Brent Cross in north London will bring new schools, affordable homes, health facilities and parks to the area and aims to create 27,000 new jobs.
“This is another great example of pushing ahead with major development and infrastructure improvements to create jobs, and boost the capital’s economic growth, while transforming the quality of life of thousands of Londoners. The scheme will bring a new vitality to a part of the capital in need of regeneration.
“Having carefully considered the proposal I am satisfied that the application fulfils the need to have the kinds of transport links that will bring fluidity and rejuvenation to Brent Cross while avoiding potential problems caused by any extra traffic,” he said.
A new transport strategy group is working on the project, involving representatives from Transport for London, the London Borough of Barnet and the developers.
But the plan has attracted criticism, with a spokesman for the Coalition for a Sustainable Brent Cross Cricklewood Plan saying: “[In approving the development] Boris Johnson has broken his own manifesto commitments on carbon reduction, affordable homes, protecting small shops and environmentally friendly housing.”