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From our own corRUPSpondent: Marching for homes

From our own CorRUPSpondent – A series of blog posts written by students and alumni of the MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies programme at the LSE. Author: Clementine Traynard On Saturday 31 January, I joined in thousands of Londoners for the first ever March for Homes. Our objective? “Better homes for Londoners and an end to the housing crisis” according to the Facebook event page. What a laudable, consensual cause. But is it a lost… Read More

From our own corRUPSpondent: Site visit to Goodman’s Fields

From our own CorRUPSpondent – A series of blog posts written by students and alumni of the MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies programme at the LSE. Author: Kath Scanlon One recent morning I cycled around the Aldgate one-way system[1] to Leman Street to visit Goodman’s Fields, a new Berkeley Homes development. This 10-acre site, formerly occupied by a bank check-sorting centre, will provide almost 1000 new homes in a mix of high- and mid-rise… Read More

Video: A New Model for PRS in London?

On 9 January 2015, a team of researchers visited two new purpose-built PRS developments in East London: Stratford Halo and East Village. This site visit followed an expert roundtable held in December 2014, where sector stakeholders discussed strategies for overcoming barriers to institutional investment in the PRS. Neil Young, Chief Executive of Get Living London, and Alex Hilton, Director of Generation Rent, attended both the workshop and the site visit in January…. Read More

Workshop: Increasing the range of alternative approaches to supply in London can significantly increase output

There is a palpable sense that alternative housing options (including self-build, co-housing, live-work, community land trusts and sustainable building technologies) are gaining momentum in London. Increased interest is evident at both policy and popular levels (see previous blog about this topic here). At the very least, there is increasing recognition that much of the supply being produced through the traditional housing market, although necessary, is not the ‘right’ kind of housing for many people…. Read More

Debate: accelerating residential development in London – what works?

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

Workshop: Accommodating ‘Generation Rent’ – how to overcome barriers to institutional investment in London’s private rented sector

On 3 December 2014, a group of experts including operators large private rented sector (PRS) developments, academics and representatives of landlords, real estate consultancies and NGOs met at the LSE for workshop on maintaining and increasing the supply of PRS housing in London. The following blog post summarises the key themes that emerged from the workshop: Maintaining and increasing the supply of private rented housing in London The UK’s capital city is also the… Read More

Profile: Millbrook Park, Barnet

On the 27th of November, a team of researchers from LSE travelled to Millbrook Park in North Barnet to learn more about how barriers to development are being overcome at complex sites across London. The development had been discussed at the 29th October workshop on accelerating new housing production in London as an example of a large site where innovative strategies like partnership working and strategic parcelling of sites was facilitating the… Read More

Profile: Ailsa Street, Tower Hamlets

On the 26th of November, a small group of housing stakeholders and LSE London researchers visited the Ailsa Street site in Tower Hamlets to learn more about how one borough is overcoming barriers to increasing housing supply. The site visit offered a chance to continue the discussion started at our 29th October workshop. David Williams, Deputy Service Head of Planning & Building Control at Tower Hamlets, and a team from the council’s… Read More

Planning and housing – why the continuing tensions?

Christine Whitehead presented the second in a series of special public lectures at The Bartlett School of Planning, titled Planning and Housing – Why the Continuing Tensions? Her complete presentation is available here. Planning is regularly blamed for the continued low levels of new house building, even though over the last decade there have been a number attempts to improve the operation of the land use planning system. The latest attempts at… Read More

Workshop: Accelerating new housing production in London – what works?

This reflective blog summarises the major topics covered at our 29 October ‘New Housing and the London Plan’ workshop.