From our own CorRUPSpondent

Rising to the Challenge: London’s Housing Crisis

On Thursday, 1 December 2016, LSE London launched the final report and recommendations on how to accelerate the supply of new housing in London. This was a culmination of discussions with specialists from central government, the GLA, and London boroughs together with a small number of other key actors from industry and academia. This event followed up on our interim report we published in June 2016, taking full account of changing political… Read More

Growing demand for renting across Europe: report on the private rented sector in Europe

New research published today suggests that it is economic pressures rather than government policies which have been most important in changing the role of private renting across Europe. The research, undertaken by LSE London with the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research and experts from Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands found that demand for private renting is growing for four main reasons.  First, in many places it has become harder to… Read More

Urban villages: Some observations from LSE London, by Kath Scanlon

I call myself a Londoner but really, I live in a village: Forest Hill, SE23. My kids went to the village primary school, I meet my friends in the village cafes (or pubs, of an evening), and the pound-a-bowl fruit and veg man often gives me a free punnet of something as I’m a regular. One of the best things about my village is how easy it is to get to the… Read More

England needs to build 1.5 million homes in next five years, says Christine Whitehead co-authored report

Research for the Town and Country Planning Association co-authored by Christine Whitehead has found that young people across the country are struggling to live independently because of the cost of housing. To catch up with housing demand by 2020, the number of homes suggested by the projections, 310,000 extra homes a year are needed over the next 5 years. A quote from Christine: “One of the biggest concerns is that couples aged between 25 and 34 –… Read More

What’s behind the $5 cereal that provoked a London mob? Nancy Holman weighs in

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

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

From our own corRUPSpondent: Marching for homes

From our own CorRUPSpondent – A series of blog posts written by students and alumni of the MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies programme at the LSE. Author: Clementine Traynard On Saturday 31 January, I joined in thousands of Londoners for the first ever March for Homes. Our objective? “Better homes for Londoners and an end to the housing crisis” according to the Facebook event page. What a laudable, consensual cause. But is it a lost… Read More