Events

Video: Lessons from a visit to three alternative housing sites in south London

On 4 February 2015, a group of researchers and stakeholders visited three alternative housing sites in Forest Hill in south London: Walters Way, a street of houses constructed using the Walter Segal self-build method; Featherstone Lodge, site of a future co-housing development; and Havelock Walk, a mews of live/work dwellings The site visit followed an earlier thematic workshop which explored how alternative housing can be part of the solution to London’s housing supply… Read More

Fizzy and the ‘good landlord’ model

Site profile: Fizzy Living By Rodrigo Peon-Veiga and Katia Habra, LSE MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies In 2012, Thames Valley Housing Association (TVHA) created Fizzy Living, a commercial subsidiary focused on attracting institutional investors with an appetite for investing in the private rented sector (PRS) and who are interested in long-term returns secured through rental income streams. Fizzy capitalised on TVHA’s reputation, skills in property management, and their preparedness to provide £30m capital… Read More

Why Pocket works: size may not matter when it comes to affordable housing

Site profile: Pocket. By Katia Habra and Theadora Trindle, LSE MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies, 2014-15. As average house prices continue to grow in London, reaching £514,000 last September, younger Londoners are not only being priced out of the city, but must now delay – and often abandon – any hopes of ever accessing the property ladder. Meanwhile, with election season in full swing, housing has been targeted as a priority campaign… Read More

Prefab is Back in Town

Site profile: Y:Cube. By Theadora Trindle and Benjamin Walch, LSE MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies, 2014-15. London is in the throes of a housing supply crisis, we all know this by now. What is less known is how to address it in a way that produces new stock quickly, efficiently and of high quality. While often overlooked, there is a precedent in London’s history for doing this successfully: the use of… Read More

Learning from live/work

Site profile: Bow Arts Live/Work Units By Benjamin Walch and Rodrigo Peon-Veiga, LSE MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies, 2014-15 Funding arts locally while providing artists with affordable living and working space can sound like a utopian vision. But in 2007, an encounter between the Bow Arts Trust and social landlord Poplar HARCA, who found themselves working together on another project, made this vision a reality in East London. LSE London went in… Read More

Workshop: Is foreign money necessary for accelerating housing development in London?

On February 19th – Chinese New Year – LSE London held a workshop on the potential role of international money in accelerating housing development in London. The conclusion was that foreign money can definitely help to bring forward development and in current conditions may well be the only way to achieve ambitious housing targets in London. However there are barriers to expanding their involvement, not least public attitudes to foreign buyers and… Read More

Video: A New Model for PRS in London?

On 9 January 2015, a team of researchers visited two new purpose-built PRS developments in East London: Stratford Halo and East Village. This site visit followed an expert roundtable held in December 2014, where sector stakeholders discussed strategies for overcoming barriers to institutional investment in the PRS. Neil Young, Chief Executive of Get Living London, and Alex Hilton, Director of Generation Rent, attended both the workshop and the site visit in January…. Read More

Workshop: Increasing the range of alternative approaches to supply in London can significantly increase output

There is a palpable sense that alternative housing options (including self-build, co-housing, live-work, community land trusts and sustainable building technologies) are gaining momentum in London. Increased interest is evident at both policy and popular levels (see previous blog about this topic here). At the very least, there is increasing recognition that much of the supply being produced through the traditional housing market, although necessary, is not the ‘right’ kind of housing for many people…. Read More

Debate: accelerating residential development in London – what works?

On 10 December, LSE London held a debate and expert panel further to explore the issues constraining the supply of housing in London. Speakers included: Paul Cheshire, Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography, LSE Fran Tonkiss, Director, LSE Cities Programme Chris Hamnett, Professor of Geography, King’s College London Jo Negrini, Executive Director of Development and Environment, Croydon David Lammy, MP for Tottenham There was a considerable measure of agreement especially on ways forward…. Read More

‘Game Changer’ for Housing Supply: Fran Tonkiss’ Thoughts

On 10 December, LSE London held a debate and expert panel further to explore the issues constraining the supply of housing in London. Our five panellists were each asked to respond to the following question: What are the two or three changes/innovations you think could ‘change the game’ and accelerate new housing development in London? Fran Tonkiss, Director of the LSE Cities Programme, was one of our five panellists. Her response is available… Read More