Workshops

LSE London’s response to the Fixing our broken housing market consultation

LSE London’s response to the Fixing our broken housing market consultation 2 May 2017 Members of the LSE London research group, together with academic and research colleagues from elsewhere, met on 26th April to discuss our response to the consultation around the Housing White Paper. Those endorsing this response are listed at the end of the document. Here we present an overview, plus responses to some specific questions. Overview Our overall response… Read More

Migration and the transformation of London – Project Archive

Immigration is one of today’s most conflictual issues. There is disagreement about how immigration affects economies and about how national policy can improve growth and support social cohesion and welfare. Stakeholders include not only policy makers and migrants themselves but indeed almost all of society. London has a particular stake in the debate—it is the UK destination of choice for migrants from all parts of the income and education spectra, many of… Read More

Market VS Planning: is deregulation the answer? [Blog]

At first glance the recent changes in regulation around Short-Term Letting (STL) and Permitted Development Rights (PDR) may seem to have very little in common. The 2015 Deregulation Act allowed Londoners increasing freedom to rent out all or part of their homes on a short-term basis. PDR alterations mean that it is now possible to convert properties used for office to residential development without planning permission. So what do these changes to… Read More

London Borough Planners Focus Group Meeting: Planning deregulation in London [Podcast]

Focus Group   London Borough Planners Focus Group Meeting: Planning deregulation in London Date and Time: 28 June 2016 17:00 – 18:00 Location: New Academic Building Room NAB 8.03  Attendee list Sakiba Gurda – Islinghton Paul Simmons – Westminster Jennifer Watson – Westminster Mark Dorfman – Mark Dorfman Consulting Ltd Nancy Holman – LSE Alessandra Mossa – LSE Alan Mace – LSE Fanny Blanc – LSE — The deregulation of planning controls is… Read More

Enforcing the unenforceable: the hard work of two enforcement officers in London [Animation Video]

The deregulation act of March 2015 changed the way London regulates short-term letting. Before the act Londoners were not allowed to rent out their properties on a short-term basis without first gaining planning permission. The legislation now makes it possible for the council taxpayer to let their property on a short-term basis of fewer than 90 nights in a calendar year. STL is often associated with the loss of permanent housing stock… Read More

Discussing planning deregulation in London: office conversions and short-term lettings [Short Film]

The deregulation of planning controls is often presented as a panacea that will help increase housing supply and give individuals more freedom to extract value from their property or properties. From the streamlining of planning regulation to the government’s red tape challenge, the answer to the provision of better outcomes for society appears to be: let the market decide. But is it always best or desirable to allow the market to arbitrate… Read More

Accelerating Housing Production in London: Making national housing policy work in the capital

London is unique. It is the biggest city in England, in the UK and in Europe—indeed its population is larger than half of EU member states. It is not surprising, then, that some national housing policies do not work particularly well in the capital. We hosted a small round table on 8 June to discuss the relationship between national policies and London’s problems, and to explore ways forward. Besides its sheer size,… Read More

Building relationships with central and local government, blog from our roundtable event

On 16 May LSE London hosted a roundtable on ‘building relationships between the Mayor and GLA and central and local government’. Attendees included participants from local authorities, the GLA, think tanks and central government and the discussion centred on the relative powers of the Mayor, the boroughs and central government and how these might be harnessed to help achieve the new Mayor’s housing objectives. The most positive finding was that a great… Read More

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

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