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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


Comment: Boris needs to take Andrew Boff and Create Streets a lot more seriously

We at Bugle Towers are fans and broad supporters of the Mayor of London. We have written before and remain concerned over a lack of distinctiveness from his predecessor over high rise building, especially in outer London. Andrew Boff AM is a huge champion of street based developments, as is the Mayor of London - at least on paper - but notnecessarily in practice.

At Mayor's Question Time on 23 July Andrew Boff took Boris to task and thought he'd secured a concession and made some progress.


However returning to the matter on 17 September Andrew Boff was clearly annoyed by the tenor and content of the the Mayor's reply and somewhat dismissive attitude. Many supported Boris amongst other reasons on the back of his claim that, unlike Livingstone, he wouldn't just be a Zone One Mayor. One the attitude to outer London suburban development it's not always easy to see much to differentiate the current Mayor from his predecessors.

We wish Mr Boff well is tenaciously pursusing this matter on behalf of Londoners and fully support his efforts.


Finally is this the same Cat Hill high rise development that Boris prayed in aid as one of the few examples of low rise 'street based' developments in suburban outer London? It is no such thing and was rightly condemned by Theresa Villiers MP.

Disqus below...


MQT 23/10 : It's the Boris v Dismore punch and judy show again

Other clash between Andrew Dismore, AM for Barnet and Camden and Boris Johnson, Mayor of London at Mayor's Question Time on 23 October 2013. Highlights include Boris branding Dismore a slug, a hippo and three toed sloth and Dismore urging Boris to wash his ears out!

Dismore quizzes Boris on Chinese immigration to the UK

On regeneration in Barnet. Dismore accuses Boris of signing off on schemes with reduced social housing that are targeted at overseas oligarchs and quotes Barnet Cabinet Member Tom Davey on how he would prefer people who pay Council tax but consume no local services. Boris retorts that Dismore is xenophobic and surprised he takes against people from overseas.


Barnet Council and Beaufort Park feature on BBC London News 8 October


GLA Conservative Leader, Andrew Boff, joins calls to end housing families in Tower Blocks

Leader of the London Assembly Conservative Group, Andrew Boff AM, was on ITV London Tonight calling on an to families being housed in Tower Blocks. He endorses the respected joint work of Create Streets and Policy Exchange who argue that state regulation through the planning system has led to:

super high density and high rise, box sized flats, the smallest in Europe and smaller than ever before in the UK.

The report highlights the swift failure state led social engineering and design of the 1960s and calls for 

Recent changes to the planning system (that) give a chance to change this that local government and neighbourhoods should seize to take control of redevelopment in their area

As you will see in the clip Robert Oxley of the Taxpayer's Alliance, takes an unexpected position against allowing the market to provide the housing that polling consistently shows people want and pretty much advocates the line put out by London Labour via their spokesman Tom Copley AM. We have contacted them for a clarification as to why TPA opposes what many view as the deregulatory position of those above.

Chipping Barnet MP and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland recently took a passionate stance against 'Tower Blocks' in a residential setting (albeit just outside of her constituency and borough). Video below.

Is Andrew Boff right? Is this deregulation or what the TPA claims: lecturing from politicians? Do you think the market should provide the housing people say they demand or government and developers provide volume of housing and expect you to be grateful for it? Disqus below...