New Housing and the London Plan

Profile: Millbrook Park, Barnet

On the 27th of November, a team of researchers from LSE travelled to Millbrook Park in North Barnet to learn more about how barriers to development are being overcome at complex sites across London. The development had been discussed at the 29th October workshop on accelerating new housing production in London as an example of a large site where innovative strategies like partnership working and strategic parcelling of sites was facilitating the… Read More

Profile: Ailsa Street, Tower Hamlets

On the 26th of November, a small group of housing stakeholders and LSE London researchers visited the Ailsa Street site in Tower Hamlets to learn more about how one borough is overcoming barriers to increasing housing supply. The site visit offered a chance to continue the discussion started at our 29th October workshop. David Williams, Deputy Service Head of Planning & Building Control at Tower Hamlets, and a team from the council’s… Read More

Planning and housing – why the continuing tensions?

Christine Whitehead presented the second in a series of special public lectures at The Bartlett School of Planning, titled Planning and Housing – Why the Continuing Tensions? Her complete presentation is available here. Planning is regularly blamed for the continued low levels of new house building, even though over the last decade there have been a number attempts to improve the operation of the land use planning system. The latest attempts at… Read More

Workshop: Accelerating new housing production in London – what works?

This reflective blog summarises the major topics covered at our 29 October ‘New Housing and the London Plan’ workshop.

Success in the London economy and success in providing housing for Londoners – at odds?

On 15 October 2014, Christine Whitehead presented on ‘Progress and priorities for housing in the capital’ at the Policy Forum for London Keynote Seminar.

The six ‘basics’ underpinning London’s housing problem

GVA’s second London lecture series, ‘Evolving London,’ brings together experts in economics, infrastructure and governance to present their views on the future challenges facing the capital. Christine Whitehead presented at the first lecture in this series, ‘A new direction for London’s housing.’

Roundtable Discussion at the GLA

A small roundtable was held on the 26th of August between members of LSE London, the GLA, and housing stakeholders to discuss the feasibility of the London Plan’s housing supply objectives/projections. The conversation was based around the new Molior evidence which forms part of the Examination in Public (EIP) documentation.

Re-evaluating the Greenbelt will deliver more homes

Christine Whitehead argues that part of the solution to the housing supply crisis should be a re-evaluation of our greenbelt policies. Click here to read the full article on ResPublica.

LSE experts submit joint response challenging Mayor’s Housing Strategy

A group of academics from LSE and other housing experts, hosted by LSE London, met in February to write a response to the Mayor of London’s draft plan to increase the supply of housing in the city. They argue that the plan lacks ‘a real strategy for bringing about the genuinely radical change’ needed to accommodate the number of households expected to form over the next decade – estimated at more than 50,000 per annum. Click here… Read More

Creating Conditions for Growth

Christine Whitehead and Tony Travers along with Kath Scanlon and Melissa Fernandez of LSE London produced the report ‘Creating Conditions for Growth’ for Berkeley Group. It discusses the conditions necessary to stimulate house building, including the role played by foreign investment. Click here to read the report.