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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

A sense of belonging: the case for more communal living in the UK, Melissa Fernández for The Guardian

Melissa Fernández writes for The Guardian about cohousing putting forth recommendations on how cohousing can be adopted more widely in the UK. This piece was written in relation to research being conducted from the ESRC funded project, Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience, a knowledge exchange seminar series. This seminar series reflects collaboration between the UK Cohousing Network and six UK universities; Lancaster, Leeds, London School of Economics, Newcastle (principal applicant), Nottingham, and Sheffield…. Read More

Parliamentary Launch – Cohousing: Shared Futures

LSE London and its ESRC Seminar Series partners launched their final report ‘Cohousing: Shared Futures’ in Parliament on the 22 June. The launch was held in the Boothroyd Room of Portcullis House (PCH) and was hosted by Richard Bacon MP. The morning began with a moving and fitting tribute to Jo Cox MP, tragically murdered last week, who had been invited to speak at the event because of her inspirational work with… Read More

Taking stock: Understanding the effects of recent policy measures on the private rented sector and Buy-to-Let, report launch

Kath Scanlon, Christine Whitehead, and Peter Williams publish report clarifying the role of the private rented sector (PRS) in the UK and the contribution made to it by the Buy-to-Let subsector. It explores recent changes in government policy and how they might affect the PRS, and makes suggestions about the role the sector might be expected to play in the future. Click below to access the full length report: Taking Stock: Understanding the effects… Read More

The Future of Urban Housing, Melissa Fernández speaks to Design & Build Review

Melissa Fernández speaks to Design & Build Review Magazine about the London housing crisis and its effects on London’s younger generations. The article goes on to discuss ‘co-living’ which is an alternative method of coping and resisting the exclusionary PRS sector. Here is an except from the article: “It is not secret that the London housing market is in crisis. According to a recent report by the London School of Economics and… Read More

Would a rent cap work for tenants facing £1,000-a-month rises? Kath Scanlon weighs in on The Guardian

With various solutions being proposed to help relieve London’s housing crisis, rent control may be one of these ways. In Harriett Meyer’s article for The Guardian, Kath Scanlon reports on the difficulties that may come up in implementing such a system in the UK. Here is an except from the article: “Germany is often held up as the model of stabilisation, with many people living in the same property for life. Kath… Read More

Next London Mayor should work with Wider South East to rethink the green belt, says Ian Gordon in Centre for Cities blog

Ian Gordon says that whoever becomes the next mayor must recognise the need to work with London’s neighbours to tackle the region’s housing shortages. What role does the green belt can the green belt play in addressing London’s housing crisis? The original blog entry appeared in Centre for Cities. Click here to read the entire blog. ‘Ahead of the election on 5th May, the various London mayoral candidates have been keen to emphasise… Read More

‘Will the new London Mayor have the powers necessary to tackle the housing crisis?’ Christine Whitehead comments for Centre for Cities

Christine Whitehead claims that some of the election promises made by Khan and Goldsmith in the London mayoral race may make building homes more difficult. Once the mayor has been elected many of the electoral promises will need to be turned into implementable policies. Whitehead comments on what may be workable within the new mayor’s first term. The original blog entry appeared in Centre for Cities. Click here to read the entire… Read More

Providing cheap housing in expensive cities: 
 is social housing the answer? Kath Scanlon at the ETH Forum Wohnungsbau 2016

How can we provide good affordable housing in expensive cities — and who should live in these homes? Using European examples Kath Scanlon explores various ways of financing and allocating social housing, and ask how <<social>> is understood in different countries at the ETH Wohnforum. One of the main platforms for knowledge transfer is the annual ETH Wohnforum – ETH CASE conference, which has taken place in Zurich every spring since 2005…. Read More

The effect of forthcoming housing policy changes on social-tenant employment and the London economy, Final report for LB Camden

London is facing an unprecedented housing crisis. Camden council is concerned about the implications of the Housing and Planning Bill that is likely to make it worse. This housing bill, concludes this report, could drastically reduce genuinely affordable homes and the ability to build more, drive up rents, and damage London’s economy. Kath Scanlon, Christine Whitehead, Ann Edge, and Paroj Banerjee contributed to the report for Camden Council. An excerpt from the… Read More