Dr. Melissa Fernández profiles Islington Park Street community, an alternative housing model in London, as a possible model for the effective and low cost reuse of obsolete owned sheltered housing and care homes. Some key findings include: Islington Park Street Community (IPS) is a long-established mixedneeds housing that provides a mutually supportive permanent home for people with mixed backgrounds, needs and abilities. IPS is financially and socially self-managed with a robust decisionmaking… Read More
LSE London’s knowledge exchange project, Housing in London: Addressing the Supply Crisis, was mentioned recently in The Guardian. The article by Alice Graham discusses why local authorities are considering alternative housing models as a way to ease the pressure of growing waiting lists and to accelerate the development of new supply. It draws on lessons from a recent site visit which brought stakeholders to three alternative housing sites in south London and a local authority roundtable on… Read More
Alternative housing, be that utopian schemes like co-housing or technological fixes like off-site construction, increases the mix of options on offer in London’s constrained housing market. One key lesson that emerged from our site visit to three alternative housing schemes in Lewisham was the vital role an ‘enabling local authority’ might play in overcoming the barriers to alternative housing provision. An earlier multi-stakeholder workshop had also revealed a lack of knowledge or… Read More
On 4 February 2015, a group of researchers and stakeholders visited three alternative housing sites in Forest Hill in south London: Walters Way, a street of houses constructed using the Walter Segal self-build method; Featherstone Lodge, site of a future co-housing development; and Havelock Walk, a mews of live/work dwellings The site visit followed an earlier thematic workshop which explored how alternative housing can be part of the solution to London’s housing supply… Read More
Site profile: Y:Cube. By Theadora Trindle and Benjamin Walch, LSE MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies, 2014-15. London is in the throes of a housing supply crisis, we all know this by now. What is less known is how to address it in a way that produces new stock quickly, efficiently and of high quality. While often overlooked, there is a precedent in London’s history for doing this successfully: the use of… Read More
Site profile: Bow Arts Live/Work Units By Benjamin Walch and Rodrigo Peon-Veiga, LSE MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies, 2014-15 Funding arts locally while providing artists with affordable living and working space can sound like a utopian vision. But in 2007, an encounter between the Bow Arts Trust and social landlord Poplar HARCA, who found themselves working together on another project, made this vision a reality in East London. LSE London went in… Read More
LSE London’s Kath Scanlon and Melissa Fernandez have recently published an article on the lessons learned from a south London co-housing scheme, Featherstone, which they have been researching for 3 years. The article can be accessed here.
LSE London together with Newcastle University, UK Cohousing Network, University of Leeds, Lancaster University, Nottingham University, and University of Sheffield were awarded an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) seminar series grant to hold 6 seminars on co-housing between 2014-2016.
Workshop: Increasing the range of alternative approaches to supply in London can significantly increase output
There is a palpable sense that alternative housing options (including self-build, co-housing, live-work, community land trusts and sustainable building technologies) are gaining momentum in London. Increased interest is evident at both policy and popular levels (see previous blog about this topic here). At the very least, there is increasing recognition that much of the supply being produced through the traditional housing market, although necessary, is not the ‘right’ kind of housing for many people…. Read More
In her latest blog for British Politics and Policy at LSE, Melissa Fernandez explores the potential of alternative housing as a partial solution to London’s housing supply crisis. After defining what alternative housing includes, Fernandez argues that many of these models have a significant role to play in addressing the London’s supply deficit. To be considered a serious housing supply option, however, she believes that the contexts, prospects and constraints surrounding alternative housing need to… Read More