Brent Cross

In the bitter winter of early 2010 I took part a Fine Food Fair in one of its many car parks. Inside Brent Cross centre the Christmas shoppers found a snug refuge; not many followed the signs offering a ‘premium foodie experience’ outside. One of my few customers was the Centre’s manager, a former Marks and Spencer executive called Tom Nathan. He told me about the plans for the complex — a transformation in a couple of years into Europe’s biggest shopping centre, with new flats, houses, offices, cinemas, restaurants and gyms.   Some local people were opposed: Tom felt these campaigners were wrong to think of Brent Cross as ‘beautiful Barnet’ – the northern Green Belt end of the borough — rather than the ‘degraded brownfield’ that was actually there.

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