New Housing and the London Plan

What’s behind the $5 cereal that provoked a London mob? Nancy Holman weighs in

In this piece from The Atlantic, Nancy Holman weighs in on London’s cereal wars contextualing this not just in terms of the usual framework of gentrification but rather drawing links between these conflicts and the housing crisis in London. An excerpt: “Holman’s interpretation lends clarity to the parts of the anti-Cereal Killer activists’ Facebook manifesto that aren’t about “brioche buns.” Other paragraphs focus on “Russian oligarchs, Saudi sheiks, Israeli scumbag property developers,… Read More

Housing affordability and policy change: impacts on wellbeing in the UK

Christine Whitehead presents at an ARC sponsored symposium titled ‘Illuminating the black box of housing and health’, Univerisity of Adelaide. Presentation titled, ‘Housing affordability and policy change: impacts on wellbeing in the UK‘. Some conclusions on housing: Housing specific subsidies of all types have been a major benefit, limiting housing poverty through supply, below market rents and income support. In the social sector in particular HAs have provided management support and security… Read More

Home Advantage: Housing and the young employed in London

A report for Sutton Trust on housing prices and effects it is having on young graduates and workers. Kath Scanlon, Melissa Fernandez, Emma Sagor, and Christine Whitehead discuss how young people from poor parts of the country are being priced out of London. The report has received wide media coverage including the BBC, City AM, Express and Star, The Independent, New Statesman, The Guardian, and Ham & High Property. Our full report can… Read More

Blog: Does residential development always drive down local prices?

The impact of new housing development on surrounding areas Christine Whitehead and Emma Sagor, LSE London Many people fear that new housing development will worsen local amenities, reduce their wellbeing and perhaps even undermine the capital values of their home – often regardless the quality of the development envisaged or whether there is a shortage of homes to meet local needs. The question of the impact on house prices is never directly… Read More

Political party manifestos – anything for London’s housing?

The publication of the political party manifestos should have been a welcome moment for clear thinking and radical ideas on how to alleviate the housing crisis. Instead what we have, with a few exceptions, are aspirational promises with little on how they can be achieved and lots of tinkering around the edges of the major issues. The big stories are those that have been signalled for months: getting the numbers up; helping… Read More

Housing Over the Airwaves: Nancy Holman and Christine Whitehead discuss the supply crisis on Radio 4

Housing in London: Addressing the Supply Crisis project officers Christine Whitehead and Nancy Holman both recently discussed the housing supply shortage on BBC Radio 4 programmes.

From our own corRUPSpondent: Site visit to Goodman’s Fields

From our own CorRUPSpondent – A series of blog posts written by students and alumni of the MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies programme at the LSE. Author: Kath Scanlon One recent morning I cycled around the Aldgate one-way system[1] to Leman Street to visit Goodman’s Fields, a new Berkeley Homes development. This 10-acre site, formerly occupied by a bank check-sorting centre, will provide almost 1000 new homes in a mix of high- and mid-rise… Read More

‘Game Changer’ for Housing Supply: Fran Tonkiss’ Thoughts

On 10 December, LSE London held a debate and expert panel further to explore the issues constraining the supply of housing in London. Our five panellists were each asked to respond to the following question: What are the two or three changes/innovations you think could ‘change the game’ and accelerate new housing development in London? Fran Tonkiss, Director of the LSE Cities Programme, was one of our five panellists. Her response is available… Read More

‘Game Changer’ for Housing Supply: Chris Hamnett’s Thoughts

On 10 December, LSE London held a debate and expert panel further to explore the issues constraining the supply of housing in London. Our five panellists were each asked to respond to the following question: What are the two or three changes/innovations you think could ‘change the game’ and accelerate new housing development in London? Chris Hamnett, Professor of Geography at King’s College London, was one of our five panellists. His response is available… Read More

‘Game Changer’ for Housing Supply: Paul Cheshire’s Thoughts

On 10 December, LSE London held a debate and expert panel further to explore the issues constraining the supply of housing in London. Our five panellists were each asked to respond to the following question: What are the two or three changes/innovations you think could ‘change the game’ and accelerate new housing development in London? Paul Cheshire, Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography at LSE, was one of our five panellists. His response is available… Read More