Barnet planning decisions and affordable homes

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/2021
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Do you share my view that Barnet Council's major planning decision making has led to the underprovision of affordable homes in a large number of major schemes, especially focusing on 'viability'? If so, what can you do as Mayor to increase the number of affordable homes built in Barnet?

Answer

Answer for Barnet planning decisions and affordable homes

Answer for Barnet planning decisions and affordable homes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Viability arguments are being used across London to reduce levels of affordable housing delivery and some boroughs do not have the resources and expertise necessary to test and challenge them authoritatively. My forthcoming Affordable Housing SPG will help address this issue and I intend that schemes referred to me that are not delivering sufficient amounts of affordable housing should be rigorously scrutinised and challenged.