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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.

Lyons and London: Labour’s latest housing review should not ignore initiatives in the capital

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.

Success in the London economy and success in providing housing for Londoners – at odds?

On 15 October 2014, Christine Whitehead presented on ‘Progress and priorities for housing in the capital’ at the Policy Forum for London Keynote Seminar.

The six ‘basics’ underpinning London’s housing problem

GVA’s second London lecture series, ‘Evolving London,’ brings together experts in economics, infrastructure and governance to present their views on the future challenges facing the capital. Christine Whitehead presented at the first lecture in this series, ‘A new direction for London’s housing.’

Is alternative housing part of the solution to London’s housing supply crisis?

In her latest blog for British Politics and Policy at LSE, Melissa Fernandez explores the potential of alternative housing as a partial solution to London’s housing supply crisis. After defining what alternative housing includes, Fernandez argues that many of these models have a significant role to play in addressing the London’s supply deficit. To be considered a serious housing supply option, however, she believes that the contexts, prospects and constraints surrounding alternative housing need to… Read More

Would ‘rent stabilisation’ benefit tenants and/or landlords?

On 24 September 2014, Christine Whitehead attended a meeting of the Camden Federation of Private Tenants at which she presented the findings of LSE London’s recent research on rent stabilisation and its potential in the borough. The research, commissioned by the London Borough of Camden and completed in August 2014, explored the principles of rent stabilisation, evidence from international models, and the effects on both landlords and tenants.

Project launch: an introduction to our four main themes

The project was launched on the 17th September at an event attended by over 70 people, including local councillors, MPs, academics, and representatives from charities, consultancies, and private sector institutions.

Six ways to ‘cool the housing market’

Kath Scanlon offers her thoughts on how to ‘cool the housing market’ in the Financial Times. Click here to read the full article (29 August 2014).