Dr. Melissa Fernández profiles Islington Park Street community, an alternative housing model in London, as a possible model for the effective and low cost reuse of obsolete owned sheltered housing and care homes. Some key findings include: Islington Park Street Community (IPS) is a long-established mixedneeds housing that provides a mutually supportive permanent home for people with mixed backgrounds, needs and abilities. IPS is financially and socially self-managed with a robust decisionmaking… Read More
A report for Sutton Trust on housing prices and effects it is having on young graduates and workers. Kath Scanlon, Melissa Fernandez, Emma Sagor, and Christine Whitehead discuss how young people from poor parts of the country are being priced out of London. The report has received wide media coverage including the BBC, City AM, Express and Star, The Independent, New Statesman, The Guardian, and Ham & High Property. Our full report can… Read More
On 27 May 2015—shortly after the general election—LSE London held a small, specialist workshop on the role of housing associations in accelerating development in London. Attendees included chief executives, finance directors, trade bodies, local authority officials and other stakeholders and commentators. The conversation focused on the possibilities, barriers and in particular the incentives and risks that Housing Associations perceive in expanding housing investment. There was general agreement that Housing Associations had a… Read More
The impact of new housing development on surrounding areas Christine Whitehead and Emma Sagor, LSE London Many people fear that new housing development will worsen local amenities, reduce their wellbeing and perhaps even undermine the capital values of their home – often regardless the quality of the development envisaged or whether there is a shortage of homes to meet local needs. The question of the impact on house prices is never directly… Read More
Affordability: A step forward – Establishing principles for rent setting was produced by Professor Emeritus Christine Whitehead, LSE, and Kathy Ellis, Affinity Sutton. The research considers what the principles of setting a rent policy should be and what a new Affordable Rent policy might look like. The full report can be downloaded here.
A new report by LSE London makes a contribution to understanding the impact of new housing development on the immediately surrounding area and population. It examines the impacts of eight recent residential developments (all smaller than 300 units) on their local areas, looking in particular at whether prices in the surrounding area always fall as a result of new development. The research found that while prices in some areas did fall briefly during or just after… Read More
Download this interactive report here. Setting the scene: London’s PRS today Generation rent is on the rise in London. According to the English Housing Survey, over a million households rented privately in the capital last year, and the proportion of London households in the private rented sector (PRS) has grown from around 14% in 2003-2004 to almost a third 10 years later. By historic standards, this may not actually… Read More
LSE London’s Kath Scanlon and Melissa Fernandez have recently published an article on the lessons learned from a south London co-housing scheme, Featherstone, which they have been researching for 3 years. The article can be accessed here.
On 10 December, LSE London held a debate and expert panel further to explore the issues constraining the supply of housing in London. Speakers included: Paul Cheshire, Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography, LSE Fran Tonkiss, Director, LSE Cities Programme Chris Hamnett, Professor of Geography, King’s College London Jo Negrini, Executive Director of Development and Environment, Croydon David Lammy, MP for Tottenham There was a considerable measure of agreement especially on ways forward…. Read More
The Lyons Housing Review published by Labour’s housing commission in October aims to provide a route map for creating an immediate step change in the building of new homes. In her blog for British Politics and Policy at LSE, Christine Whitehead reflects on the 39 recommendations of the review and the oddly brief section specific to London.