Constructing Construction

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

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

Lent Term Seminars 2018, Next Event: 15 January 2018, Rachael Rooney from the GLA will be speaking about the new London Plan

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 15 January 2018, our first speaker is Rachael Rooney, from the GLA, who will be speaking about the new London Plan. Her presentation will set out the relationship of the London Plan and the other Mayoral Strategies, set out the Good… Read More

New Open Access Book – Self-Build Homes: Social Discourse, Experiences and Directions

LSE London’s Melissa Fernández and Kath Scanlon  contributed a chapter to this new open access book entitled Self-Build Homes: Social Discourse, Experiences and Directions. The chapter, titled Of Flux or finality? On the process and dynamics of a co-housing group in formation, gives an account of how five years after Featherstone first came together, it found itself ina sense, starting from scratch. This is this same Featherstone project described in one of… Read More

Response to Mayor’s draft housing strategy from LSE London

Response to Mayor’s draft housing strategy from LSE London December 2017  This response draws on discussion at an academic and policy round table held at LSE on 13 November 2017, with attendees from LSE and from other academic institutions and research centres with a London focus. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinions of all participants. The general approach The draft contains many sensible and commendable policies. However inevitably it… Read More

London Build, a construction expo at Olympia

On the 25th October 2017, LSE London attended London Build, a construction expo at Olympia. The goal of the expo was to understand what the current challenges are for the construction sector as well as to grasp this sector’s relationship with the current housing policies. The expo was divided into several summits, leaving the audience free to attend a wide range of discussions. We chose the Future London summit with a series… Read More

Next steps for housing in London and the South East: affordability, meeting demand and the future for social housing

LSE London attended a Policy Forum for London keynote seminar: Next steps for housing in London and the South East: affordability, meeting demand and the future for social housing, organised by Westminster Forum Projects on the 13 September 2017. Here are some of the arguments that were presented. James Murray (Greater London Authority) presented the Mayor’s draft housing strategy. He explained that London needs to play a bigger role in public sector… Read More

Battersea Power Station: an aspirational enclave

Site visit: BPS One recent July day, LSE London researchers visited Battersea Power Station (BPS) on the south bank of the Thames to look at progress on this enormous site, which will eventually have over 4000 new homes. Construction at BPS is proceeding much faster than on a typical for-sale scheme in London. This reflects the approach in Malaysia, home country of the scheme’s backers. Given the capital’s desperate need for new… Read More

Apex Tower: modern prefab construction techniques delivering housing London needs

Wembley is known for football and for the stadium’s iconic arch, but there’s something else distinctive about this neighbourhood of London: it is home to a growing cluster of buildings built using modular pre-fabrication techniques. This technology, also known as ‘volumetric’, could help speed construction of the new housing London needs. To find out more about it, on 25 May a group of LSE researchers visited Apex Tower, a 29-storey purpose-built student… Read More

Housing in manifestos: the good, the bad, and the implications

On Monday 22 May LSE London convened a round table of London policy experts, housing practitioners and LSE academics for a Chatham House discussion of how the major political parties dealt with housing in their manifestos (see summary table below or click here for downloadable PDF version) for voters to consider on the 8 June 2017 General Election. What was good, what was bad, what was missing—and what were the implications for London?… Read More