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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

RUPS / LSE London Lent Term Seminars 2018

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. Join us for a series of seminars on urban related themes such as planning, housing or economic development. We are looking forward to seeing you! About the event Time: 5-6.30pm MONDAYS Room: Alumni Theatre (Room LG.09) New Academic Building For further information… 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

Making Sense of the Economic Environment, Christine Whitehead

On 11 May 2017, Christine Whitehead presented at the Social Housing Finance Conference in London. In this pithy presentation, titled Making Sense of the Economic Environment (download PPT presentation here) she lays out some broad short term and long term fundamentals pertinent to the UK and the potential output growth figures. After providing this broader context, she describes the housing market situation and outlines the role of housing associations in expanding supply…. Read More

Substantive questions from Build to Rent consultation, LSE London’s responses

Substantive questions from Build to Rent consultation LSE London responses Kath Scanlon & Christine Whitehead, 28 April 2017 Do you consider there are market and regulatory failures impeding the rapid development of the Build to Rent market that merit national policy intervention? Please add comments. Build to Rent schemes provide positive externalities in the form of faster development and placemaking which are not reflected in market prices. There is also regulatory failure… Read More

LSE London’s response to the Fixing our broken housing market consultation

LSE London’s response to the Fixing our broken housing market consultation 2 May 2017 Members of the LSE London research group, together with academic and research colleagues from elsewhere, met on 26th April to discuss our response to the consultation around the Housing White Paper. Those endorsing this response are listed at the end of the document. Here we present an overview, plus responses to some specific questions. Overview Our overall response… Read More