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Roundtable on Planning and the Role of SME Builders

Roundtable on Planning and the Role of SME Builders On 20 January 2016 LSE London held the first roundtable of our new project, ‘Accelerating Housing Production in London’. A small group of experts from the private sector and academia gathered to discuss the challenges facing small and medium-sized developers (SMEs) in the London residential market.   The discussion was framed around the following questions: Can SMEs play a significant role specifically in London?… Read More

Kath Scanlon examines whether the German PRS would work in the UK for View, an independent social affairs magazine

Kath Scanlon briefly discusses some of the possible implications of importing a German PRS model to the UK. After outlining positive and negative aspects, she concludes that it is not enough to know how other models work in other countries. The difficult part, it seems, is predicting how such models differ in this geographic context. An except: ‘The German system has worked well for decades not only because of what it offers… Read More

Private Renters’ Rights: Safe and stable homes in Kensington and Chelsea

Professor Christine Whitehead gave the keynote address titled, ‘The future of the private rented sector’ at the report launch of Private Renters’ Rights: Safe and stable homes in Kensington and Chelsea report. Melissa Fernàndez and Christine Whitehead worked in the advisory group. The presentation can be found here and the report can be downloaded here.

New Buy-to-Let tax ‘puts the UK out of step with how other countries approach the PRS’, says Kathleen Scanlon

Kathleen Scanlon discusses research on the PRS across Europe and the United States in The Telegraph. She touches on some possible implications that the ne tax Buy-to-Let tax may have on professional small landlords. An except: “Kath Scanlon, research fellow at LSE London and co-author of the 2011 report, Towards a sustainable private rented sector: The lessons from other countries, said the new buy-to-let tax “puts the UK out of step with… Read More

Is there a problem with the current housing market?

Christine Whitehead discusses the social implications of a changing housing market at the ESRC Festival of Social Science: Housing Event at the Geffrye Museum of the Home. She argues that the housing system is failing to provide for population and household formation let alone for economic growth as well as other intricacies of how we have a dysfunctional housing system. An except: Conclusions: The housing system is failing to provide for population and… Read More

Barriers to Accelerating Delivery

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

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

HEIF5 Project: Accelerating housing production in London

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

Melissa Fernández discusses alternative housing in a New Statesman’s special issue about Croydon

Melissa Fernández discusses alternative housing in a New Statesman piece titled Time for Change by Guy Clapperton. The piece is part of a special issue addressing regeneration and housing in Croydon, as well as the social alternative options available, such as co-housing, in which residents participate and help design their neighbourhood in a collaborative manner, as well as eco-alternatives and affordable alternatives that aren’t necessarily social. Here is a brief snippet of… 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