This website outlines our proposal for a ready-mixed concrete plant at the existing Cricklewood rail freight facility (RFF) off Edgware Road, NW2 6ND. Following our pre-application public consultation over the summer, we made several adjustments to our proposal and submitted the application at the beginning of October. You can view the planning application (reference 20/4817/FUL) on the planning pages of the London Borough of Barnet where you can also make comments. If you have any questions you can contact us directly.

The Cricklewood RFF is safeguarded for rail freight use in local authority plans. It already has planning permission, and is already being used, for importing construction aggregates by rail for local delivery by road, and exporting by rail unwanted ‘spoil’ from building sites in the area.   

Our proposal would fall within the approved level of activity at the site – it is not an addition to it.  The concrete plant would not generate any extra activity or vehicle movements above those already permitted and would comply with operating hours, noise and air quality monitoring and management obligations.

Concrete is an essential product we all rely on. Without concrete, it is not possible to build new homes in line with national and local targets, nor deliver regeneration schemes like Brent Cross Cricklewood. Locating a concrete plant on a rail-linked site like this has a number of environmental benefits.

The site already has planning consent for use as a rail-fed aggregates depot.

No more lorry movements are proposed than those already permitted.
The proposed ‘rail-fed’ concrete plant would replace an old ‘road-fed’ plant.

Each train replaces 75 to 85 lorries depending on train length.

There would be fewer overall lorry movements in the area than today.

Rail generates 76% less carbon and 90% lower particulates than the equivalent lorry journeys.
Locally-made ready-mixed concrete is vital for local housing and regeneration.
Space for ‘loose’ piles of materials would be reduced to make way for the concrete plant.
All existing environmental controls would be strictly adhered to.

Capital Concrete is one of London’s premier suppliers to housing, regeneration and infrastructure construction projects and a pioneer of low-carbon and cement-free concrete. The company currently operates an established readymix plant on nearby Brent Terrace which has been supplying the local market for many years. The existing plant, which became part of the Capital Concrete network in 2019 as part of a wider merger, is subject to a Compulsory Purchase Order as part of the Brent Cross Cricklewood redevelopment. It is expected to cease operation within the next 12 months and in order to continue supplying the local market, we need to secure a new location now. Although the options are limited, the proposed location at Cricklewood RFF is well-suited because it is rail-linked and would help to remove thousands of lorry movements from local roads.

Public consultation

Our planning application follows detailed environmental assessments in the spring of 2020 and local public consultation over the summer months. This was adapted in accordance with Government guidance relating to the coronavirus pandemic. Besides this website and direct email correspondence with local representatives and neighbourhood groups, we conducted a door-to-door maildrop to 700 addresses around the site. We have held a number of online video consultation sessions and socially-distanced site visits to one of our other concrete plants in North London.
The feedback we received during the consultation led to a number of changes to our original proposal. In particular, this includes redesigning the plant layout to enable the height of the cement silos to be reduced and improve the overall look of the site from external viewpoints. We submitted our planning application at the start of October 2020. You can view the planning application (reference 20/4817/FUL) by searching on the planning page of the London Borough of Barnet where you can also make comments. Whilst our planning application is being determined, we continue to welcome questions so please do get in contact us by email.