Barnet College site, Grahame Park

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-07-02
Session date: 
July 2, 2014
Reference: 
2014/2473
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Why did your officers insist on an extra 90 homes on the proposedĀ  development for the Barnet College site, Grahame Park, which was viable at the originally planned 330 lower rise and less dense propertiesĀ  andĀ  in doing so also did not require more affordable homes , meaning that for the now planned 420 homes only 20 will be affordable?

Answer

Answer for Barnet College site, Grahame Park

Answer for Barnet College site, Grahame Park

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My officers provided pre-application advice on range of matters. Improvements to the design and layout were suggested to overcome the dominance of car parking and resolve the awkward relationships between houses, amenity spaces and street frontages. The affordable housing offer was subject to ongoing viability testing and had not been finalised. Officers gave advice regarding the need to provide the maximum reasonable amount, in line with London Plan policy.

I understand that the application has now been submitted to Barnet Council, but not yet referred to me. I will be providing my initial comments in due course and therefore it would be inappropriate for me to comment further at this stage.