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LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0 | Gearty Grillings | Christine Whitehead on squalor / housing

In 1942 former LSE Director William Beveridge launched his blueprint for a British universal care system, ‘from the cradle to the grave’. Some 75 years on, LSE offers a week-long festival of public events, starting on February 19, exploring today’s “Five Giants”: the challenges of poverty; health and social care; education and skills; housing and urbanisation; and the future of work. For further information please see: http://www.lse.ac.uk/Events/LSE-Festival In this episode, LSE’s Christine… Read More

Regeneration: community investment or social cleansing? – Emma Peters, RegenFirst | Lent Term Seminar

On Monday, Emma Peters, Director at RegenFirst, gave a talk on regeneration. Emma started with an introduction to regeneration, explaining the historic changes in policy and their implications. Click here to download the PPT presentation. Emma explained terms of housing finance such as CIL, S106, Housing Grants and cross subsidy.   She presented two regeneration projects to which RegenFirst has contributed: Grahame Park Funding Gap and developing an HRA Business Plan for… Read More

Migration out of London mainly impacts around the edge of the South East

LSE London’s Ian Gordon and Christine Whitehead, with population geographer Tony Champion, and housing specialist Neil McDonald have newly published research arguing that, with tight constraints on housing development in the ring around London, impacts of growing demand for space inside the city are channeled out to the  more distant parts of the Wider South East (WSE), and a fringe belt beyond that. They also point to the underlying roles of rising… Read More

Strategic planning: what goes around, comes around – Catriona Riddell, Catriona Riddell & Associates | Lent Term Seminar

In 2010, with the abolition of regional strategies, the local level was left with “Duty to Cooperate” to establish local partnerships and joint actions. On Monday 5 February 2018, Catriona Riddell, former Director of Planning at the South East England Regional Assembly and now Director at Catriona Riddell & Associates, spoke about the evolution of planning since the removal of the regional tier in England. Click here to download PPT presentation slides…. Read More

Lent Term Seminars 2018 schedule

The Lent Term Seminar Series programme is here! The Regional and Urban Planning Studies Programme and LSE London are glad to present their new seminar programme starting from January 2018. On 5 February 2018, our speaker is Catriona Riddell, from the Catriona Riddell Associates, who will be speaking about strategic planning, including new London Plan. This event is open to all. We are looking forward to seeing you! Join us for a… Read More

Property Guardianship – Mara Ferreri, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona | Lent Term Seminar

At times London feels like a city with an ever growing ever deepening subsection of its younger population tied to the temporary life – in work there are 0-hours contracts and the gig economy and in housing, for those who choose it, there is property guardianship. On Monday 29 Jan 2018, Mara Ferreri, from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, spoke to the housing side of this phenomena. For the uninitiated, property guardianship… Read More

Planning Tools – Sara Dilmamode and Andrew Barry-Purssell, Lent Term Seminar

On Monday 22 January 2018, as part of our Lent Term Seminar series, Sara Dilmamode (Citiesmode) and Andrew Barry-Purssell (Westminster Council) gave a fascinating presentation on planning tools, focusing on how development plans fit within a plan-led system. Click here to download the PPT presentation slides. The presentation followed the sometimes tortuous route of plan making from the creation of an evidence base, to policy formation, to deposit, to Examination in Public, to… Read More

Christine Whitehead is in a panel of experts that will conduct an independent review to tackle barriers to building

A vital independent review into understanding why hundreds of thousands of homes haven’t been built, despite having planning permission, is underway as a panel of experts was on 14 January 2018 unveiled by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Originally announced at Autumn Budget, the review, led by Sir Oliver Letwin will look to explain the gap between the number of planning permissions being granted against those built in areas… Read More

London Plan Draft 2018, Rachael Rooney’s Presentation | Lent Term Seminar

Rachael Rooney, Principal Strategic Planner at Greater London Authority, presented the Draft London Plan. The PPT presentation can be downloaded here. The focus of her presentation was on good growth policies: Building strong and inclusive communities Making the best use of land Creating a healthy city Delivering the homes Londoners need Growing a good economy Increasing efficiency and resilience James Clark, Darren Richards and Rob McNicol from the GLA joined Rachael for… Read More

A Sustainable Increase in London’s Housing Supply?

On 11 January 2018, LSE London launched the final report of the third of three Knowledge Exchange and Impact projects aimed at fostering debate between academics, practitioners, and government. The report, entitled A sustainable increase in London’s housing supply? was authored by Kath Scanlon, Christine Whitehead, and Fanny Blanc; click here to access the full report. The series that spawned this project started in September 2014 when the scale of the housing… Read More