Category Archives: Housing

Letter for publication: permitted development rights

It is interesting to note that Barnet Council has finally adopted an ‘Article 4 direction’ (Times Aug 1st ) to prevent developers converting office buildings (and other commercial  premises) into flats, without having to apply for planning permission, under the Conservative Government’s ‘permitted development rights.’ Whilst this overdue move is welcome, the question has to be asked as to why […]

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Barnet is the 12th most expensive place to rent in the country on local average salary

Barnet is the twelfth most expensive place to rent in the country when local average salaries are taken into account, new analysis of the latest figures from the National Valuation Office and the Office of National Statistics has revealed. Local London Assembly Member, Andrew Dismore AM, is backing the Mayor’s calls for rent controls to be put in place in […]

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Barking flats fire demonstrates urgent need to tackle flammable cladding and materials

Responding to the blaze in a block of flats at De Pass Gardens in Barking, East London, Labour’s London Assembly Fire and Resilience Spokesperson, Andrew Dismore AM, said: “This serious fire in Barking shows how terribly easy it is for a blaze to start and spread. While we are all incredibly thankful no one was seriously hurt, many residents have […]

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Flawed Government planning policy hampering efforts to tackle housing crisis in Barnet and Camden

Local families have been left to live in claustrophobic and sub-standard conditions as a result of flawed Government planning policies. 1,386 homes have been built under relaxed conversion to residential rules (Permitted Development) in Barnet and Camden since 2013, according to London Development Database figures obtained through a written response from the Mayor of London. Analysis of this data has […]

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Dismore welcomes new digital map of underground pipes and cables

Labour London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden Andrew Dismore has welcomed news that the Mayor of London’s Office has been awarded a share of £3.9m by the Government’s Geospatial Commission as one of two national pilots to create a digital map of pipes and cables in London. Known as London’s Underground Asset Register (LUAR), the scheme will operate across […]

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