London Housing Crisis

Learning from Bridport: the wider benefits of cohousing in the UK

LSE London’s Kath Scanlon, together with Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia (Lancaster University), Jim Hudson (UCL), and Swaiba Saeed (LSE) conducted a research project for Bridport Cohousing in Dorset. The report, entitled ‘The wider benefits of cohousing: the case of Bridport’, explores how Bridport can be expected to benefit its wider neighbourhood and community. Linking this case study to the broader literature, the authors hope the lessons will be relevant to prospective developments elsewhere… Read More

Barriers to acceptance of housing offers by families in temporary accommodation, a report for the Borough of Camden

Currently, the Borough of Camden houses approximately 500 households (of which 370 are families) in temporary accommodation (TA). These include hostels in Camden as well as nightly rented homes outside Camden. Increasingly, Camden has been offering private rented housing in other London boroughs primarily because of the high cost of private rented accommodation in Camden. However, many of the family households in TA have turned down offers in the PRS. Camden commissioned… Read More

Can alternative housing ease the crisis?

By Meera Kumar & Zach Jenson When it comes to addressing the housing crisis in London, our current toolkit may be more limited than we think. By basing most of our proposals and ideas on traditional housing models like single-occupancy homes and flats, we fail to consider newer, more disruptive options. These include ideas like cohousing, community land trusts, and other ways of sidestepping the traditional housing market. Not only do these… Read More

Dichtestress vs. Dichtelust – reflections on perceived urban density

by Fanny Blanc (23 May 2019) On 7 May 2019, Fanny Blanc presented our aspects of our work to the ‘Perceived Urban Density’ workshop at ETH Zurich, organised by Dr. Beatrix Emo. Housing is an emotional subject. People identify with the place where they live and build their lives. When it comes to a topic so close to the heart, the difference between reality and perception is often blurred.  The focus of… Read More

The Need to Get Debate about the Mayor’s London Plan into the Public Arena

by Ian Gordon – (6th May 2019) The role of the Mayor of London under the devolved system established in 2000 is an essentially strategic one, with its central expression in a London Plan. Sadiq Khan’s ‘new’ version of this plan (the NLP, published for consultation in December 2017), with a distinctive focus on ‘good growth’, has been working its way through an extended ‘Examination in Public’ (EiP) since the New Year,… Read More

Examination in Public: Roundtable 5, Thursday April 11th

Taking stock Aim of the roundtable The fifth roundtable was held at the point when the Examination in Public of the Mayor’s (draft) New London Plan had been sitting for three months and had dealt with 60 of its 94 Matters. At this point there was a month-long break before starting again (on waste management) and moving on towards completion of the hearings on 22nd May. It therefore seemed a sensible time… Read More

Private renting for older people? The All Party Parliamentary Group on Ageing and Older People

There is concern that a growing number of people are likely to find themselves living in the private rented sector in their old age. This has been the topic for the latest enquiry undertaken by the APPG on Ageing and Older People. It met on March 20th to discuss what is happening to older people living in the private rented sector and to think about what can be done to help. Christine Whitehead… Read More

Art and globalisation: interview with Prof Andy Thornley

LSE London recently welcomed Emeritus Professor of Urban Planning, Andy Thornley back for a lunch visit. Andy is an LSE alumnus and was the Director of the Planning Studies programme from 1994-2009. His work has been influential across planning circles for many years. In 2011, he published the second edition of Planning World Cities: Globalisation and Urban Politics (Palgrave, 2011) along with Peter Newman. The book analyses the role planning has played… Read More

No fault evictions: next steps and foreseeable problems

by Christine Whitehead It was good to see the announcement by James Brokenshire yesterday that the government has decided to put an end to Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions and has accepted the majority view expressed to their consultation on longer term tenancies in the sector that tenancies should last indefinitely. The original consultation suggested a three-year tenancy with a probationary period, so the shift in thinking towards giving tenants far greater… Read More

The housing research industry: interview with Thinkhouse’s Richard Hyde

In October 2018, we wrote a brief blog profiling Thinkhouse and celebrating four of LSE London’s reports making it onto their curated library of the year’s best research. The list fluctuates as new reports are published, assessed by an independent editorial panel, and moved onto their corresponding categories including must read, highly recommended, and other reports. Since then, another of our reports, Rent controls: lessons from international experience, has been added to… Read More