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Residents Receive Keys to New Homes

July 9, 2024

Yesterday, (Monday 8 July) residents began receiving the keys to brand new homes. A mix of council homes and affordable units, they are the first to be completed across the transformational Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration programme.

The 47 new homes, which are located on Brent Terrace have been delivered by Barnet Council with developers L&Q who will manage the properties on behalf of the local authority.

These high-quality homes include a mix of two, three, and four-bedroom properties mainly provide replacement social housing for residents living in the nearby Whitefield Estate, alongside shared equity for existing leaseholders. Additional properties have also been taken up under shared ownership agreement as part of our commitment to provide affordable housing options to Barnet residents.

All homes have either a private garden or balcony for the residents. Additionally, a new pocket park has been built for all nearby residents to enjoy, as well as new trees and landscaping along Brent Terrace.

The completion of these new homes is a pivotal moment for the ambitious Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration programme and also marks a huge moment for residents like Resmie Saliasi and her son Ilirian Saliasi, who were among the first residents to get the keys to their new home on Monday.

“I am very happy to be moving in today and excited to be sleeping in my new home this evening” said Resmie. “We’ve waited so long, but we are very happy to be here” added Ilirian.

The family have lived at Rawlingson Court, in the nearby Whitefield Estate for around 17 years and, along with their neighbours will move to Brent Terrace this week. They told us how the new home had been designed to be as accessible as possible, with an adapted bathroom and even plug sockets installed higher than usual making it easier for 87-year-old Resmie to use. As well as the accessibility features of the new home, Resmie, who likes the sunshine, is especially looking forward to the peace and quiet of her own garden where she can enjoy it.

An interesting fact about the building names Platform, Signal and Pullman, are that they were chosen after consultation with residents and link to local rail history in the area, with over 100 railway cottages along the half mile stretch of Brent Terrace. It is also a nod to the Brent Cross West station which was delivered by Barnet Council and opened last year.

Deputy Leader of the Council, Ross Houston, and Cabinet Member for Homes and Regeneration said: “I am delighted to see residents moving into their fantastic new homes on Brent Terrace. As well as a significant milestone in the development of the area, providing social housing first within the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration shows our commitment to bringing much-needed new and improved social housing and affordable homes to the area.”

The new homes are an important part of the transformation of the area and sit next to new neighbourhood Brent Cross Town, a new £8 billion net-zero park town being delivered in partnership with Related Argent. Brent Cross Town will deliver 6,700 of the 7,500 new homes planned within the wider Brent Cross Cricklewood programme, with options including social housing, private sale homes, student accommodation, and homes built to rent.

While the new homes on Brent Terrace have been completed by L&Q on behalf of Barnet Council as part of the broader regeneration plans, construction is also well underway on the first new homes at Brent Cross Town. Plot 12, which is also social housing, will be the first residential building completed at Brent Cross Town, with residents, also residents of neighbouring Whitefield Estate, also anticipated to move in this summer.

For more information on the Brent Cross Cricklewood Regeneration Scheme click here.