London Housing Crisis

Will the private rented sector continue to grow? Our report for Shelter

Current forecasts suggest that perhaps one in four households in England, and one in three in London, might be living in the private rented sector by 2025. However there have also been signs that growth is slowing—as indicated by the black line on the figure below, which has flattened since 2012. In this context, Shelter asked us to look at possible future scenarios for the private rented sector [1]. To view or… Read More

Planning for a Growing London – Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, TfL | Lent Term Seminar

On Monday, Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, Transport for London, gave a presentation on London’s transport strategy. Click here to download PPT presentation. Williams reminded the audience about the role of TfL and the responsibilities of this organisation, which has been around since 2000. Since its implementation, TfL has been an important stakeholder in London’s growth. Indeed, the organisation has expanded its network with several transport modes such as DLR, Santander… Read More

London’s housing challenge – Eloise Shepherd, London Councils | Lent Term Seminar

On Monday, Eloise Shepherd, Head of Housing and Planning Policy at London Councils gave a presentation on housing in London. Shepherd began her talk by noting that there has been a steady resurgence in the private rented sector (PRS) in London with PRS stock up by 50% in some boroughs. The increasing cost of housing overall alongside a diminishing stock of socially rented housing has led to problems with affordability with rents… Read More

The future of social housing provider, a presentation by Kath Scanlon

On 7 February 2018, Kath Scanlon presented the findings from our report, entitled The Future of Social Housing, for Flagship Housing Association. The event was hosted by Switchee, a company that provides a ‘smart thermostat designed to help affordable housing providers fight fuel property’. The event was geared towards a group of industry thought leaders. In her presentation, Kath discussed the contemporary context under this these considerations are being made. These include… Read More

Planning for the economy – Lynne Miles, ARUP | Lent Term Seminar

On Monday, Lynne Miles, Associate director of planning policy and economics at ARUP and Deputy Director of What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth gave a presentation on planning for the economy where she focused on the great disparity between London and other English cities. Click here to download the PPT presentation. London is over six times bigger than the next biggest city Birmingham. While different indicators suggest greater and lesser differences… Read More

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

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