Page last updated at 21:12 GMT, Wednesday, 24 June 2009 22:12 UK

5bn development comes under fire

Brent Cross shopping centre
The development would cost half as much as the 2012 Olympics

The £5bn Brent Cross Cricklewood Development plan has been strongly criticised by neighbouring councils, residents and green groups.

Barnet Council's flagship project intends to build a new town centre in a deprived part of north London.

But local residents are concerned about the relocation of a waste plant, while nearby boroughs of Camden and Brent have raised concerns about traffic.

Barnet Council said it was still assessing the application.

If the planning application by Brent Cross Cricklewood Development is approved, a new shopping centre will be built just south of Brent Cross.

We are going to be sacrificed for profits
Darwood Parvez
Bestway Cash and Carry

But it would require the relocation of Hendon Waste Transfer Facility to a new site 200 metres away.

The chosen spot is currently occupied by Bestway Cash and Carry - and its owners are far from happy at the plans.

Bestway director Darwood Parvez said: "We are going to be sacrificed for the profits of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration partners.

"And I believe Barnet [Council] is going to help them do so."

Environment group Friends of the Earth has claimed that the new waste facility will be a "Trojan horse" for an incinerator.

Artists impression of the development
The development would require the relocation of a waste plant

The charity, along with the boroughs of Camden and Brent, also fears a new shopping centre would lead to a big surge in traffic.

They have organised a 'Stop the Dump' petition which has been signed by thousands of residents.

Liberal Democrat MP for Brent East, Sarah Teather, has presented the petition to the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Ms Teather said: "It should be rethought. We need proper sustainable transport links.

"We don't want all the negative things on the Brent side and all the positive things on the Barnet side."

'Green technology'

But Jonathan Joseph, of Brent Cross Cricklewood Development, insisted an incinerator was not on the cards.

He said it would be a "state of the art" facility to provide fuel for a power generator.

Mr Joseph said: "This is not incineration by stealth or any other name.

"This is 100% proven green technology."

A spokesman for Barnet Council said: "We are currently assessing the planning application.

"We will be giving consideration to all issues, including any health and environmental aspects."

A decision on the planning application is expected next month.



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