Barnet planning decisions and affordable homes

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/2102
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Will you hold an investigation into Barnet Council's major planning decision making, which has underprovided affordable homes in a large number of major schemes, especially focussing on 'viability'?

Answer

Answer for Barnet planning decisions and affordable homes

Answer for Barnet planning decisions and affordable homes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

While there may well be instances across London, where boroughs have not negotiated hard enough for affordable housing, I would prefer to look forward rather than backwards and to that end have instructed my planning officers to produce new planning guidance to shine a light on the opaque world of viability assessments, strengthening my ability to deliver more affordable housing.