In the News

Islington Park Street community: a model for alternative housing in London

Dr. Melissa Fernández profiles Islington Park Street community, an alternative housing model in London, as a possible model for the effective and low cost reuse of obsolete owned sheltered housing and care homes. Some key findings include: Islington Park Street Community (IPS) is a long-established mixedneeds housing that provides a mutually supportive permanent home for people with mixed backgrounds, needs and abilities. IPS is financially and socially self-managed with a robust decisionmaking… Read More

Home Advantage: Housing and the young employed in London

A report for Sutton Trust on housing prices and effects it is having on young graduates and workers. Kath Scanlon, Melissa Fernandez, Emma Sagor, and Christine Whitehead discuss how young people from poor parts of the country are being priced out of London. The report has received wide media coverage including the BBC, City AM, Express and Star, The Independent, New Statesman, The Guardian, and Ham & High Property. Our full report can… Read More

Workshop: The role of Housing Associations in accelerating residential development in London

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

In the news: councils looking to alternative housing as part of the solution to the supply crisis

LSE London’s knowledge exchange project, Housing in London: Addressing the Supply Crisis, was mentioned recently in The Guardian. The article by Alice Graham discusses why local authorities are considering alternative housing models as a way to ease the pressure of growing waiting lists and to accelerate the development of new supply.  It draws on lessons from a recent site visit which brought stakeholders to three alternative housing sites in south London and a local authority roundtable on… Read More

Political party manifestos – anything for London’s housing?

The publication of the political party manifestos should have been a welcome moment for clear thinking and radical ideas on how to alleviate the housing crisis. Instead what we have, with a few exceptions, are aspirational promises with little on how they can be achieved and lots of tinkering around the edges of the major issues. The big stories are those that have been signalled for months: getting the numbers up; helping… Read More

Housing Over the Airwaves: Nancy Holman and Christine Whitehead discuss the supply crisis on Radio 4

Housing in London: Addressing the Supply Crisis project officers Christine Whitehead and Nancy Holman both recently discussed the housing supply shortage on BBC Radio 4 programmes.

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

Planning and housing – why the continuing tensions?

Christine Whitehead presented the second in a series of special public lectures at The Bartlett School of Planning, titled Planning and Housing – Why the Continuing Tensions? Her complete presentation is available here. Planning is regularly blamed for the continued low levels of new house building, even though over the last decade there have been a number attempts to improve the operation of the land use planning system. The latest attempts at… Read More

Lyons and London: Labour’s latest housing review should not ignore initiatives in the capital

The Lyons Housing Review published by Labour’s housing commission in October aims to provide a route map for creating an immediate step change in the building of new homes. In her blog for British Politics and Policy at LSE, Christine Whitehead reflects on the 39 recommendations of the review and the oddly brief section specific to London.

The six ‘basics’ underpinning London’s housing problem

GVA’s second London lecture series, ‘Evolving London,’ brings together experts in economics, infrastructure and governance to present their views on the future challenges facing the capital. Christine Whitehead presented at the first lecture in this series, ‘A new direction for London’s housing.’