Barnet's Labour councillors have welcomed the decision to list the green space outside the B&Q site in Cricklewood as an 'asset of community value'.
The decision was made at this week's Community Leadership Committee meeting (CLC - 22 Nov) in support of an application submitted by local campaigner Anne Clarke, on behalf of the NW2 Residents' Association.
The listing follows a long running campaign by local residents to protect the green space - which is the only green space in Cricklewood Town Centre - and to stop it being built on in the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration.
Listing as an Asset of Community Value requires the owner of any land to inform the local authority if they plan to dispose of it. Community groups are then given 6 weeks to register their interest to take over the land via a Community Right to Bid. Once a 'bid' has been made the community group then has 6 months to develop a plan and raise funds to buy the land. However, the owner is under no obligation to sell the land to any community group.
Labour's Community Leadership spokesperson, Cllr Kath McGuirk said:
“We're glad that the Council have agreed to list this green space, as it provides some level of protection against the land being sold-off for development.
"However, since Barnet Council is the owner, the best way of protecting it would be for them to just agree not to dispose of the land, and pledge to protect it for use by the community as a green space.
“In the meantime, credit for this listing must go to Anne Clarke and the NW2 Residents' Association for their persistence in submitting the application.
Anne Clarke said: “I am delighted that Barnet Council has finally listed our green space as an Asset of Community Value. We’ve had to jump through hoops to get to this point but at least we know Barnet will now have to give the community 6 months notice if they plan to sell or build on the space. Throughout this long process, the community in Cricklewood has made it very clear to Barnet Council that we will never approve of development on our green space.”
A copy of the CLC report on this issue can be found here: http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s43468/Cricklewood%20Barnet.pdf
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