LSE London, 
week in review 
- 11 Feb 2018 | Housing news – UK & London specific

LSE London News:

  • Strategic planning: what goes around, comes around – Catriona Riddell, Lent Term Seminar summary, 5 February 2018
    In 2010, with the abolition of regional strategies, the local level was left with “Duty to Cooperate” to establish local partnerships and joint actions. On Monday 5 February 2018, Catriona Riddell, former Director of Planning at the South East England Regional Assembly and now Director at Catriona Riddell & Associates, spoke about the evolution of planning since the removal of the regional tier in England.
  • Migration out of London mainly impacts around the edge of the South East (Updated)
    LSE London’s Ian Gordon and Christine Whitehead, with population geographer Tony Champion, and housing specialist Neil McDonald have newly published research arguing that, with tight constraints on housing development in the ring around London, impacts of growing demand for space inside the city are channeled out to the more distant parts of the Wider South East (WSE), and a fringe belt beyond that.

Other housing news:

  • TfL offers Limmo Peninsula to housing developers, The Construction Index
    A 12-acre Transport for London site in east London is being offered up to private developers for new housing. Transport for London (TfL) is seeking a partner to develop its largest site of land, the Limmo Peninsula, to create a new neighbourhood with 1,500 homes. Bids have been invited from interested members of the TfL property partnership framework.
  • The biggest privatisation you’ve never heard of: land, Brett Christophers, The Guardian (Opinion)
    “Yet in all the proliferating discussion about the rights and wrongs of the history of privatisation in Britain – both from those determined to row back against the neoliberal tide and those convinced that renationalisation is the wrong answer – Britain’s biggest privatisation of all never merits a mention. This is partly because so few people are aware that it has even taken place, and partly because it has never been properly studied. What is this mega-privatisation? The privatisation of land.”
  • Londoners will get ‘first dibs’ on new-build homes up to £350,000, Pippa Crerar, Evening Standard
    Housebuilders are to give Londoners and UK-based buyers “first dibs” on lower-priced new-build properties, it was announced on Monday, 5 Feb 2018. People who live or work in the capital will get a month’s “head start” to buy homes up to £350,000 before anybody else is able to purchase them.
  • Economic inequalities in Britain – from the 2008 Financial Crisis to Brexit, Nicholas Sowels, LSE Brexit Blog
    Nicholas Sowels, an associate professor at the Sorbonne makes the claim in a blog written for the London School of Economics that the UK is the most unequal country in Europe. This is based on the amount of disposable income citizens have left after paying housing and other costs. By this measure the UK lags behind France, Germany, Poland and Spain, only Estonia is less equal. Of particuar interest to us was the wealth inequality and the impact of housing section.

Outside the UK – Urban Planning – Miscellaneous Pieces:

  • Density’s Next Frontier: The Suburbs, Richard Florida, CITYLAB
    Why Densifying the Urban Core Alone Won’t Fix Housing: According to a new study, the continuing low density of inner suburbs is a major cause of the housing crisis—and a potential solution
  • A Bid to Solve California’s Housing Crisis Could Redraw How Cities Grow, Adam Rogers, Wired
    With his fellow senator Nancy Skinner, senator Scott Wiener authored a bill, SB 827, that overwrites some metropolitan zoning—putting policies that had been in the hands of cities under the authority of state government—to allow medium-sized multistory and multi-unit buildings near transit stops.


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