Publications

The ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’: our report for The Family Building Society

The ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ is now among the top ten lenders in the country. But research by LSE London, led by Kath Scanlon, shows how little it operates like a bank. The report, ‘The Bank of Mum and Dad: How it really works‘, emphasises that for most families the process is very informal, and people find it very difficult to talk about money. Often it is not clear whether there… Read More

Examination in Public: Written Submissions

WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan Examination in Public LSE London LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund LSE London has submitted written evidence on a number of the fundamental issues that the Plan addresses. The submissions are as follows (click here to view all of our submissions in one document; click here to view all written submissions from the GLA website): Matter M1 on the treatment… Read More

Day 1: Legal and procedural Matters: SA, Equalities, and HRA [M1-M3]

BLOG: FIRST MORNING (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 We Learned from the First Morning of the EiP Thirty-two months into Sadiq Khan’s mayoralty, and a year after the draft of his flagship New London Plan (the city’s spatial strategy), went out for consultation, its formal Examination in Public (EiP) started last… Read More

Examination in Public: Roundtable 1

BRIEFING NOTE Examination in Public – Roundtable 1 (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan Prof Christine Whitehead – LSE London LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund The Roundtables In the run-up to discussion of particular themes in the Examination in Public (EiP) we decided to bring together small expert groups, including several known to be participating in the relevant sessions and others with informed views – in order… Read More

About the London Plan Project

PROJECT INTRODUCTION (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan Examination in Public Prof Christine Whitehead | LSE London LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund Mayor Sadiq Khan’s proposed London Plan is now more than halfway through its formal Examination in Public (EiP). The Plan is the Mayor’s most important policy instrument. The EiP is a (very) extended process that allows public discussion of questions such as the feasibility of… Read More

More homes in less space: living in high-density housing in London

by Kath Scanlon, Fanny Blanc and Tim White December 2018 London has historically been a low-rise city of terraced houses and private gardens, but if it is to accommodate its rapidly growing population without impinging on the Green Belt (as Mayor Sadiq Khan has promised), then new homes must necessarily be built at higher densities. This densification is recognised as inevitable and indeed is an explicit policy target. Densification is an important… Read More

Planning risk and development, our report on planning certainty for RTPI

In late October, Kath Scanlon talked to the Highbury Group about our research undertaken for the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) by LSE London and the Bartlett School of Planning (UCL) to the past presidents of the Institute. The report, Planning risk and development: how greater planning certainty would affect residential development, is part of the RTPI’s ‘Better Planning’ programme. The context to this work was the pledge the Government made in… Read More

Rent controls: lessons from international experience

Yesterday, the Residential Landlords Association published a new LSE London report by Christine Whitehead and Peter Williams on changes in rent regulation in a number of countries (click here to view report). The starting point for this research was the growing concern about whether the private rented sector is suitable for its growing role as a mainstream tenure especially given the large numbers of family households that are now living there. One… Read More

Four of our reports make it into ThinkHouse´s curated library of the year´s best

Officially launched in 2018, Thinkhouse.org.uk is a new site comprising a library of innovative pieces of housing research. The library is curated by an independent editorial panel made up of experts with breadth of experience in the housing sector from academia, central and local governments, and the private and voluntary sectors. The main reports they feature are thought to have the best chances of influencing policy makers; they also have a section… Read More

Is SDLT helping or interfering with the housing market? Updated economic analysis of policy impact

The Problem Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) has become an increasingly important source of revenue for the Treasury – with £9,275m raised from 1.1 m residential transactions in 2017/18. Yet many commentators regard stamp duty as a poor tax reducing transactions and interfering with the workings of both the housing market and the labour market. The latest such statement is in last month’s IMF annual report of the health of the UK… Read More