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.
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.