Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has ruled that a development for 229 new homes that provides just 23 affordable homes (10 per cent) at Barnet House in Whetstone N20 is "wholly unacceptable" and does not comply with the London Plan.
In a statement to Barnet Council, the Mayor's planning advisor states that "Given the high-density nature of the proposal and the use of a retained building, the 10% affordable housing offer is wholly unacceptable and must be significantly increased."
The planning application submitted by Healey Development Solutions Ltd (Meadow Residential) is a revised version of a proposed development which originally proposed turning the offices in Barnet House into miniscule flats as small as 16 square metres - more than half the national minimum space standard for a single person (37sqm).
The controversial former plans for the 254 flats over eleven floors - 96 per cent of which would have been smaller than 37sqm - were highlighted in a Guardian article in March, and dubbed "rabbit hutch homes" by Labour councillors.
The homes in the revised application now meet the minimum space standard, but do not meet the Mayor's requirement for affordable homes. The 10 per cent affordable housing offered also does not meet Barnet Council's own affordable homes policy of 40 per cent.
The developer must remedy the issues raised by the Mayor, and the application must be referred back to the Mayor by Barnet Council before any further decision is made.
Barnet Labour Group Housing Spokesperson and Deputy Leader, Cllr Ross Houston said:
- A link to the Guardian article on the original plans for Barnet House can be found here: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/27/dog-kennel-flats-barnet-house-smaller-than-travelodge-room
- For more from Barnet Labour on this issue see:
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