Conflict or cooperation? Looking back at the EiP

The Final Event Three years into the life cycle of this Mayor’s London Plan – although the next election looms before we can be sure about its final form. It is time now to shift gear – from critiquing ‘his’ Plan to thinking about collaborative ways of improving outcomes from the process and finding a way of ‘failing better’ with the next one. In this final event we concentrate mainly on housing… Read More

Learning from Bridport: the wider benefits of cohousing in the UK

LSE London’s Kath Scanlon, together with Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia (Lancaster University), Jim Hudson (UCL), and Swaiba Saeed (LSE) conducted a research project for Bridport Cohousing in Dorset. The report, entitled ‘The wider benefits of cohousing: the case of Bridport’, explores how Bridport can be expected to benefit its wider neighbourhood and community. Linking this case study to the broader literature, the authors hope the lessons will be relevant to prospective developments elsewhere… Read More

Barriers to acceptance of housing offers by families in temporary accommodation, a report for the Borough of Camden

Currently, the Borough of Camden houses approximately 500 households (of which 370 are families) in temporary accommodation (TA). These include hostels in Camden as well as nightly rented homes outside Camden. Increasingly, Camden has been offering private rented housing in other London boroughs primarily because of the high cost of private rented accommodation in Camden. However, many of the family households in TA have turned down offers in the PRS. Camden commissioned… Read More

Are select committees effective? Christine Whitehead and Tony Travers share their experiences as academics

Earlier this year, the Liaison Committee – the committee of all the Chairs – launched an inquiry into the effectiveness and influence of the select committee system which scrutinises the work of Government and its associated bodies. The inquiry was meant to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the select committee system. The Liaison Committee has published its recommendations for change. LSE London’s Christine Whitehead and Tony Travers, members since the early… Read More

Capturing development value, principles and practice: difficulties and the need for reform

Christine Whitehead and Tony Crook have co-authored an article, entitled Capturing development value, principles and practice: why is it so difficult?, for Town Planning Review. The article discusses ‘unhypothecated national taxation and negotiated local contributions for infrastructure (CIL) and affordable housing (S106). The paper also considers the case for modification of the current system or whether more fundamental reform is needed. Below we share the abstract and a brief snippet of the… Read More

Affordable housing in Asia, a report for RICS

In May 2019, LSE London’s Christine Whitehead and Connie Tang from the University of Cambridge, published a report for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) entitled ‘International models for delivery of affordable housing in Asia’. The report examines affordable housing provision in a wide range of countries, cultures, scales, systems and experiences in Asia. Asia accounts for more than 60% of the world’s population, mostly living in urban areas. It includes… Read More

Examination in Public: Roundtable 5, Thursday April 11th

Taking stock Aim of the roundtable The fifth roundtable was held at the point when the Examination in Public of the Mayor’s (draft) New London Plan had been sitting for three months and had dealt with 60 of its 94 Matters. At this point there was a month-long break before starting again (on waste management) and moving on towards completion of the hearings on 22nd May. It therefore seemed a sensible time… Read More

Day 22: Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land [M65]

by Alan Mace Green belt had already been discussed in earlier sessions including when the relationship between London and the wider region was considered. This session was focused on Policies G2 and G3 in the new London Plan which refer directly to green belt and to Metropolitan Open Land (MOL). The session opened with a GLA official making the best they could of defending an indefensible position. The Mayor has gone beyond… Read More

No fault evictions: next steps and foreseeable problems

by Christine Whitehead It was good to see the announcement by James Brokenshire yesterday that the government has decided to put an end to Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions and has accepted the majority view expressed to their consultation on longer term tenancies in the sector that tenancies should last indefinitely. The original consultation suggested a three-year tenancy with a probationary period, so the shift in thinking towards giving tenants far greater… Read More

Day 16: Density [M39]

BLOG: DENSITY (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan |Examination in Public Prof Ian Gordon | LSE London Research commissioned by the LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund Density Policy, the Disappearing SRQ Matrix, and the Question of Who Should Safeguard Residential Environments in London – the Mayor or the Boroughs            Since the structure of the EiP follows that of the New London Plan itself, it keeps intersecting with… Read More