Boris Johnson says housing is 'top priority' on visit to new Barnet Homes properties in Muswell Hill

Boris Johnson says housing is 'top priority' on visit

Boris Johnson says housing is 'top priority' on visit

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Boris Johnson said increasing housing is his “top priority” when he visited Barnet this afternoon.

The Mayor of London visited Alexandra Road, in Muswell Hill, to see the first new houses built in the borough for 20 years.

His visit was picketed by angry protestors from the West Hendon Estate, who were campaigning for more affordable housing in the area.

Addressing the crowds - minus the campaigners - at the Freehold Community Centre, he said: “Helping boroughs to increase the number of good quality, decent sized, family homes across the capital is one of my top priorities.

“With more funds and greater freedoms, and alongside my plans to double house building across London and address a 30 year shortage in new supply, places like Barnet can make a real contribution to helping hardworking Londoners into the homes they deserve.”

The two four bedroom and one three bedroom homes in Alexandra Road are now home to three families, who have until now been in temporary accommodation.

The homes were built in September 2013 and completed in February 2014, and cost a total of £540,000.

They were handed over to Barnet Homes at midday on Friday, February 28 and by 3pm the residents had received the keys to their new homes.

Leader of Barnet Council, Councillor Richard Cornelius, said: “We are not here to announce broad brush targets, but real homes for Barnet families.

“I am pleased that we have started building council housing in the borough, and family houses at that, after more than 20 years.

“This is part of something bigger and we expect to build more houses over the coming year, with more new homes the year after that. This council has a very good record of delivering new homes, of all tenures, which is something of which I am very proud.”

Planning applications for 40 more homes on six further sites in the next phase of development will be submitted by the end of April 2014.

The programme will start on site in September and that all sites will be complete by the Autumn of 2015.

Feasibility studies are also underway for an extra care unit in Mill Hill, to house residents with dementia.

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9:26pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Neville Longbottom says...

Frida, you've only gone and created a new day of the week.


GJDM.
Frida, you've only gone and created a new day of the week. GJDM. Neville Longbottom
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10:30pm Thu 3 Apr 14

BLU (Barnet Left Unity) says...

I attended the protests against Boris ("£250,000 a year is peanuts") Johnson and Barnet leader Cornelius the genius. There were not crowds inside to hear Peanuts Johnson, they were a strictly vetted audience. What Johnson is quited as saying is drivel. The UK needs 2,000,000 houses to rent with secure tenancies. At the current rate of building in barnet it will take 133,000 years to meed current need.

On top of that Peanust Johnson and genius Cornelius want to see a legislation bought in forcing those still left in any form of social housing will be forced to pay 80% of market rents. In Barnet that means someone in a 2 bedroom flat paying a minimum of £200 and in a three bedroomed flat £270. How many people in social housing earn enough to manage that?

Philip Clayton
I attended the protests against Boris ("£250,000 a year is peanuts") Johnson and Barnet leader Cornelius the genius. There were not crowds inside to hear Peanuts Johnson, they were a strictly vetted audience. What Johnson is quited as saying is drivel. The UK needs 2,000,000 houses to rent with secure tenancies. At the current rate of building in barnet it will take 133,000 years to meed current need. On top of that Peanust Johnson and genius Cornelius want to see a legislation bought in forcing those still left in any form of social housing will be forced to pay 80% of market rents. In Barnet that means someone in a 2 bedroom flat paying a minimum of £200 and in a three bedroomed flat £270. How many people in social housing earn enough to manage that? Philip Clayton BLU (Barnet Left Unity)
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10:37pm Thu 3 Apr 14

nlygo says...

more drivel from Barnet Left

yes more house-building is required

it isnt as if the Labour Government from 1997-2010 delivered on building an adequate number of new homes is it?
more drivel from Barnet Left yes more house-building is required it isnt as if the Labour Government from 1997-2010 delivered on building an adequate number of new homes is it? nlygo
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1:06pm Tue 8 Apr 14

AverageBarnetResident says...

Glad to hear that housing is a top priority for Boris. But this is not a London-specific problem, new houses are needed all over the country.
Obviously there's not enough yet, but it's good that London and Barnet are making a positive start on house building. Some people (Barnet Left Unity?)are just never happy!

And BTW - in the context of house building for the capital, £250k is definitely peanuts. What's the problem with Boris syaing that?
Glad to hear that housing is a top priority for Boris. But this is not a London-specific problem, new houses are needed all over the country. Obviously there's not enough yet, but it's good that London and Barnet are making a positive start on house building. Some people (Barnet Left Unity?)are just never happy! And BTW - in the context of house building for the capital, £250k is definitely peanuts. What's the problem with Boris syaing that? AverageBarnetResident
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