New Housing and the London Plan

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.

About New Housing and the London Plan

London’s population in 2011 at 8.2 m only just exceeds the population in 1951 – but falling household size and much higher incomes means far more housing is required Between 2001 and 2011 the population grew by 14% but the number of households only went up by 8%, increasing densities to the point where household size rose for the first time (from 2.4 to 2.5) and headship rates among younger households fell… Read More