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Barnet Labour Housing Commission Final Report Jan 2016

And here are our exclusive video recordings of the evidence sessions one, two, three, four, five, six and seven



Video: Barnet Council's Head of Planning gives evidence to House of Lords Select Committee

Witness(es): Simon de Beer, Planning Policy & Environment Manager, Bath and North East Somerset Council; Joe Henry, Service Director, Development Management and Building Control, Barnet London Borough Council and Anneliese Hutchinson, Service Director, Development and Public Protection, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

3 December 2015

Courtesy of Parliament Live TV.


Video: Barnet Labour's Housing Commission (Final) Session Seven 10 September 2015

Our next, and final public evidence session takes place later this week on Thursday 10 September at 7.30pm - once again at the Park Road Youth & Community Centre, West Hendon.We will be hearing evidence from Daren Nathan, Development Director at Durkan and Cllr Alan Strickland, Cabinet Member for Housing & Regeneration, LB Haringey.


Video: Barnet Labour's Housing Commission Session Six 8 July 2015

The Barnet Labour Group held the sixth evidence session on Thursday 8 July. Top of the bill was Nicholas Boys Smith of the social enterprise Create Streets supporting street based low rise housing (that all evidence suggests British people strongly prefer to high rise). We are huge fans of Create Streets and are happy that our suggestion to invite them to the Commission was taken up by Barnet Labour. At the end of a long session, which unusually ran over, there were still a number of questions that there weren't time to be answered.

Apologies for the poor acoustics. Below is an audio enhanced HD video of Mr Boys Smith session...

...and the full event below as usual.

The next evidence session of the Barnet Labour Group Housing Commission takes place next Wednesday 8 July 7pm-10pm at the Park Road Youth & Community Centre, West Hendon NW4 3QB. The Commissioners will be hearing evidence from


  • Nicholas Boys Smith, Founder of Create Streets – a non-partisan social enterprise and independent research institute focusing on the built environment,
  • Maggie Rafalowicz, Associate Director at Campbell Tickell – a leading consultancy in the housing, social care, regeneration and charity sectors


  • Tom Copley AM who has been campaigning on housing issues including standards in the private rented sector, affordable housing and Right To Buy.
  • 9:23PM

    Video: Day Three of Hadley Wood Synagogue Planning Public Inquiry (Adjourned till October 12th)

    At the end of the brief afternoon session the Inspector conducted a site visit at Lancaster Avenue. She adjorned the Inquiry that was scheduled to end that day until 12 October 2015 for another three days of hearings.


    Video: Day Two of Hadley Wood Synagogue Planning Public Inquiry

    More to follow


    Video: Day One of Hadley Wood Synagogue Planning Public Inquiry

    Quite a complex back story here but one of the central questions being asked by the Inspector is what actually is a Synagogue?


    News: Barnet Council grants Belmont Children's farm a month's reprieve against imminent closure due to planning enforcement

    Barnet Council has given Belmont Children's Farm a last minute month's reprieve from a planning enforcement notice that would require it to close. Mr Joe Henry wrote to the farm to confirm this late last week.

    In the video below, shot before the recent news of a 'stay of execution' from 30 March until end of April owner of Belmont Farm, together with charities, children and vetinary students appeal directly to Barnet Council in the film below not to close the farm down on Monday using a 'flawed' planning enforcement process. 

    Video courtesy of Belmont Farm.

    Should the farm fail to reach an agreement with the Council they have now stated on facebook that they will open their doors after May 1st for free