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EiP: A very technical session

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

Examination in Public: What is to be done?

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

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

London Talks Programme

London Talks Programme (PDF) London is experiencing important changes: the new London Plan, Brexit, the housing crisis, the proliferation of short-term letting and climate change. Many of these issues are not local to London or to the United Kingdom.  Cities across the world are experiencing pressure from increasing house prices, marked increases in short-term letting and the spectre of climate change. Our new seminar series London Talks creates a space to exchange knowledge… 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: Matter M1 on the treatment of choices between spatial strategies in the Plan’s Integrated Impact Assessment Matter M10 and Matter M11 on the adequacy of development provision… Read More

Examination in Public: First Morning

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

Modern methods of construction in London: interview with Victoria Pinoncely

One of the most serious problems facing London is the construction of new housing. There is uncertainty about whether the Mayor’s goal of almost doubling output can be achieved. The need to increase the scale and speed of delivery dramatically is undeniable. But there are also many challenges (slow delivery, poor quality, financial and environmental costs) and workforce challenges (skilled workforce shortage, retirement and departure, low take-up of construction apprenticeships). Centre for… 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 to… 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 entering its formal Examination in Public (EiP). The Plan is the Mayor’s most important policy instrument. The EiP is an extended process that allows public discussion of questions such as the feasibility of the Plan’s housing targets;… Read More