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Home Advantage: Housing and the young employed in London

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

Workshop: The role of Housing Associations in accelerating residential development in London

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

Blog: Does residential development always drive down local prices?

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 – New report

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.  

Post-Election Event: Looking ahead – how should the new government address London’s housing supply crisis?

This post-election event and expert panel offered a chance to discuss the main recommendations that have emerged from the project thus far about accelerating housing development in London. The briefing paper for the event can be downloaded here. Attendees included policymakers, architects, housing developers, academics, students, non-profit sector representatives and local authority officers. The lively, engaging discussion covered a range of topics, including the need for more proactive, pragmatic leadership around housing delivery,… Read More

Understanding the local impact of new residential development – a pilot study

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

Video: Lessons from a recent site visit to Greenwich Peninsula

On the 27th of February 2015, a group of researchers and housing stakeholders visited the Greenwich Peninsula to learn more about the role of foreign investment in accelerating new residential development in London.

PRS Profiles: Learning from tenants’ experiences to improve private renting in London

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

In the news: councils looking to alternative housing as part of the solution to the supply crisis

LSE London’s knowledge exchange project, Housing in London: Addressing the Supply Crisis, was mentioned recently in The Guardian. The article by Alice Graham discusses why local authorities are considering alternative housing models as a way to ease the pressure of growing waiting lists and to accelerate the development of new supply.  It draws on lessons from a recent site visit which brought stakeholders to three alternative housing sites in south London and a local authority roundtable on… Read More

Towards a community of practice: notes from a London Local Authority roundtable

Alternative housing, be that utopian schemes like co-housing or technological fixes like off-site construction, increases the mix of options on offer in London’s constrained housing market. One key lesson that emerged from our site visit to three alternative housing schemes in Lewisham was the vital role an ‘enabling local authority’ might play in overcoming the barriers to alternative housing provision. An earlier multi-stakeholder workshop had also revealed a lack of knowledge or… Read More