Christine Whitehead discusses barriers to accelerating housing delivery at the New Ideas for Housing: Tools for accelerating delivery, New Architecture London event. An excerpt: Findings from our last project: topics to address before the Mayoral election The uncertainties introduced by the planning negotiation process—especially viability and s106; The near disappearance of small and medium-sized builders from the London market; The potential role of Housing Zones; Whether the Mayor has the right powers in connection with new development; How the GLA and local authorities could… Read More
On the 13th of October, 2015 Christine Whitehead presents at the Institute for Housing and Urban Research at Uppsala University. She surveys the role of social housing in Europe and concludes that social rented housing is robust and sustainable in many countries, although not necessarily by the public sector, perhaps more along the lines of the private-public model. Here, Christine discussed some of the challenges social housing in Europe faces: Declining population in some regions/countries Worsening… Read More
On October 6th, 2015, Christine Whitehead gave a talk at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) titled, ‘Housing Associations, capital markets and housing supply’. She discussed housing associations and how they can play a key role in increasing housing supply, the barriers they face and recommendations on how to move forward. These are some of the conclusions Christine drew from her analysis: The HA sector has been a massive success – not perfect… Read More
LSE London awarded a year-long HEIF5 project titled, Accelerating housing production in London. See our October newsletter with all the latest details. The following is a project description: London faces a significant housing crisis that threatens both its social sustainability and its long-term economic stability. Last year (2014-15), our HEIF5 project, Addressing the Supply Crisis focused on the implications of the national election debate for London; identified barriers to supply specific to the capital and pointed to where… Read More
On October 12th we hosted our final event of our year-long project, Housing in London: Addressing the Supply Crisis. We provided an opportunity for different stakeholders ranging from academics, local politicians, developers, planners, and other representatives from the private and public sector to discuss the recommendations from our final report. Other points of conversation were ways in which we could the debate forward, particularly in light of government announcements and the upcoming… Read More
In this piece from The Atlantic, Nancy Holman weighs in on London’s cereal wars contextualing this not just in terms of the usual framework of gentrification but rather drawing links between these conflicts and the housing crisis in London. An excerpt: “Holman’s interpretation lends clarity to the parts of the anti-Cereal Killer activists’ Facebook manifesto that aren’t about “brioche buns.” Other paragraphs focus on “Russian oligarchs, Saudi sheiks, Israeli scumbag property developers,… Read More
On September 17-18, 2015 Melissa Fernandez and Kath Scanlon presented a paper and participated in the 2-day academic/practitioner workshop in the Geffrye Museum called ‘Putting the Social into Alternative Housing’, marking the end of Dr Michaela Benson’s ESRC project.
Christine Whitehead presents at an ARC sponsored symposium titled ‘Illuminating the black box of housing and health’, Univerisity of Adelaide. Presentation titled, ‘Housing affordability and policy change: impacts on wellbeing in the UK‘. Some conclusions on housing: Housing specific subsidies of all types have been a major benefit, limiting housing poverty through supply, below market rents and income support. In the social sector in particular HAs have provided management support and security… Read More
On 27 May 2015—shortly after the general election—LSE London held a small, specialist workshop on the role of housing associations in accelerating development in London. Attendees included chief executives, finance directors, trade bodies, local authority officials and other stakeholders and commentators. The conversation focused on the possibilities, barriers and in particular the incentives and risks that Housing Associations perceive in expanding housing investment. There was general agreement that Housing Associations had a… Read More
Post-Election Event: Looking ahead – how should the new government address London’s housing supply crisis?
This post-election event and expert panel offered a chance to discuss the main recommendations that have emerged from the project thus far about accelerating housing development in London. The briefing paper for the event can be downloaded here. Attendees included policymakers, architects, housing developers, academics, students, non-profit sector representatives and local authority officers. The lively, engaging discussion covered a range of topics, including the need for more proactive, pragmatic leadership around housing delivery,… Read More