CBRE Borough Guide: Barnet
Barnet is projected to be the most populated of all London Boroughs by 2024. As such, it has a regeneration and growth programme that is aiming to deliver 27,000 new homes and approximately 30,000 jobs: the most of any outer London borough. The borough also contains one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe at Brent Cross Cricklewood. The £4.5 billion project covers 800 acres and aims to provide up to 10,000 homes and create 20,000 jobs.
It will provide a new town centre for Barnet and north London. The project also includes the redevelopment of Brent Cross shopping centre, the creation of over 4 million sq ft of new office space, new and improved parks totalling 65 acres and new schools, healthcare and leisure facilities. It will also see the construction of a new Thameslink mainline station. This is due to open in 2022 and will reduce travel times to Kings Cross to just 15 minutes.
Good to know:
- Barnet was formed in 1965 from parts of Middlesex and Hertfordshire it is the largest London borough by population and the fourth largest by area (33 sq mi).
- It borders Hertfordshire to the north and five other London boroughs: Harrow and Brent to the west, Camden and Haringey to the south-east and Enfield to the east.
- Barnet was the site of one of the most important battles in the War of the Roses – the Battle of Barnet on 13 April, 1471.
- The oldest tree in London, a yew dating back 2,000 years to Anglo Saxon times, can be found in St Andrew’s churchyard in Totteridge.