Briefing Papers

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

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

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

Day 13: Affordable housing [M24]

BLOG: Matter 24 (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan |Examination in Public Kath Scanlon | LSE London Research commissioned by the LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund Giving evidence at the EiP: affordable housing It’s 26 February, Day 13 of the Examination in Public of the Draft London Plan, and on the agenda is a central issue and one of the most contentious: affordable housing. Christine Whitehead and… Read More

Day 10: Housing supply and targets [M19], part 2

BLOG: MATTER 19 – DAY 2 (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan Examination in Public Prof Christine Whitehead | LSE London LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund On the second day of discussion of Matter 19 (Housing Supply and Targets) we returned to the list of sub-questions. But the discussion had greater resonance because the first sub question had real content: What is going to bring about the… Read More

Day 9: Housing supply (SHLAA) and targets [M19], part 1

BLOG: MATTER 19 (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan Examination in Public Prof Christine Whitehead | LSE London LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund M19: Housing supply and targets In many ways this topic – about whether the 10-year housing targets for London and the individual boroughs are justified and deliverable – lies at the heart of the draft London Plan with respect to housing. One would have… Read More

Day 7: Housing requirement [M17]

A VERY TECHNICAL SESSION (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan |Examination in Public | Matter 17: Housing Requirements  Prof Christine Whitehead |LSE London Research commissioned by the LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund London Plan Examination in Public: Tuesday February 5th Housing Requirements Tuesday’s session on Matter 17, Housing Requirements was very different from earlier sessions – which had ranged widely across the core topics around land supply… Read More

Examination in Public: Roundtable 2

BRIEFING NOTE Examination in Public – Roundtable 2 (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan Prof Christine Whitehead – LSE London Research commissioned by the LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund Governance and the interaction between the GLA and Local Authorities The discussion at the second roundtable was rather more wide ranging than the first reflecting the many different inter-relationships between the Greater London Authority (GLA) and London boroughs…. Read More

Day 4: Overall spatial development strategy [M10-M13]

BLOG: WHAT IS TO BE DONE? (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan Examination in Public Prof Ian Gordon | LSE London LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund What Can We do with a Plan That Won’t Deliver? Sadiq Khan’s New London Plan prioritises wellbeing issues – good growth, in relation to health, quality of life, social inequalities and the experience of residents, workers and visitors. But nevertheless, it… Read More