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