Events

A case for greater planning certainty

Is the British planning system flexible, practical and site-specific? Or could it be more accurately described as erratic, inconsistent, costly and time-consuming? As part of our project on Accelerating Housing Production in London, on 9 March LSE London hosted a roundtable to discuss the uncertainty inherent in our negotiation-based system and to ask what a more certain system might look like, and whether it would lead to more homes being built in… Read More

LSE London Seminar: Housing Strategies for the New Mayor

Over the last 18 months, LSE London has been discussing with experts from government, industry and academia about how to accelerate the supply of new housing in London. We now have a new Mayor with the remit to double the housing output in London and to ensure that Londoners are the ones that benefit. There are enormous challenges. What have been rather wide sweeping policy commitments have to be turned into detailed implementation… Read More

Taking stock: Understanding the effects of recent policy measures on the private rented sector and Buy-to-Let, report launch

Kath Scanlon, Christine Whitehead, and Peter Williams publish report clarifying the role of the private rented sector (PRS) in the UK and the contribution made to it by the Buy-to-Let subsector. It explores recent changes in government policy and how they might affect the PRS, and makes suggestions about the role the sector might be expected to play in the future. Click below to access the full length report: Taking Stock: Understanding the effects… Read More

Book Launch: Milestones in European Housing Finance, edited by Jens Lunde and Christine Whitehead

On Friday 1 April 2016 we held a seminar to celebrate the publication of Milestones in European Housing Finance, edited by Jens Lunde and Christine Whitehead at the LSE. The seminar was sponsored by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). Twelve of the authors and a similar number of experts and practitioners in the field of housing finance attended. The main event was a roundtable on the latest evidence on how housing finance… Read More

Providing cheap housing in expensive cities: 
 is social housing the answer? Kath Scanlon at the ETH Forum Wohnungsbau 2016

How can we provide good affordable housing in expensive cities — and who should live in these homes? Using European examples Kath Scanlon explores various ways of financing and allocating social housing, and ask how <<social>> is understood in different countries at the ETH Wohnforum. One of the main platforms for knowledge transfer is the annual ETH Wohnforum – ETH CASE conference, which has taken place in Zurich every spring since 2005…. Read More

Innovative construction methods

Across London a few bold local authorities and charities have commissioned new housing built using innovative techniques such as modular prefabrication, where the units are stacked like Lego. These developments have an undeniable ‘gadgety’ appeal—but could they be a game changer? Could they overcome long-held negative attitudes to prefabrication, and provide cheaper, better housing—and faster? As part of our project on Accelerating Housing Production in London, on 24 February LSE London hosted… Read More

Housing zones as new housing acceleration tools

On 10 February 2016, LSE London held their second roundtable of the project, ‘Accelerating Housing Production in London’. A small group of experts from the public, private and academic sectors gathered to discuss the role that Housing Zones might play in accelerating housing production. Housing Zones were originally a London initiative, developing out of the Mayor’s Housing Strategy. While the original conception was very broad-brush, it has emerged as a fully-fledged policy… Read More

Mayoral hustings debate summary: ‘Why I should be Mayor of London Tomorrow’

On Thursday 28 January, 2016, LSE London and London Chamber of Commerce & Industry co-hosted the first mayoral hustings titled ‘Why I should be Mayor of London Tomorrow’, a public debate amongst the candidates from main political parties. The event was arranged by London Tomorrow, a thought leadership initiative to lay out thoughts seeking to inform and influence local politicians on issues concerning London. Tony Travers introduced the event noting that this… Read More

Roundtable on Planning and the Role of SME Builders

Roundtable on Planning and the Role of SME Builders On 20 January 2016 LSE London held the first roundtable of our new project, ‘Accelerating Housing Production in London’. A small group of experts from the private sector and academia gathered to discuss the challenges facing small and medium-sized developers (SMEs) in the London residential market.   The discussion was framed around the following questions: Can SMEs play a significant role specifically in London?… Read More

HEIF5 Accelerating Housing Production in London Roundtable 1: Setting the Priorities

On 23 November 2015 LSE London launched its new HEIF5 knowledge-exchange project, entitled Accelerating Housing Production in London. A small group of experts from the private sector, the public sector and academia gathered to discuss priorities—what are the key barriers to accelerating residential development in the capital? We started with some concerns identified by our earlier project: uncertainties in planning; the role of small and medium sized builders; housing zones; mayoral powers… Read More