London Housing Crisis

Day 1: Legal and procedural Matters: SA, Equalities, and HRA [M1-M3]

BLOG: FIRST MORNING (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan Examination in Public Prof Ian Gordon | LSE London LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund What We Learned from the First Morning of the EiP Thirty-two months into Sadiq Khan’s mayoralty, and a year after the draft of his flagship New London Plan (the city’s spatial strategy), went out for consultation, its formal Examination in Public (EiP) started last… Read More

Modern methods of construction in London: interview with Victoria Pinoncely

One of the most serious problems facing London is the construction of new housing. There is uncertainty about whether the Mayor’s goal of almost doubling output can be achieved. The need to increase the scale and speed of delivery dramatically is undeniable. But there are also many challenges (slow delivery, poor quality, financial and environmental costs) and workforce challenges (skilled workforce shortage, retirement and departure, low take-up of construction apprenticeships). Centre for… Read More

Examination in Public: Roundtable 1

BRIEFING NOTE Examination in Public – Roundtable 1 (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan Prof Christine Whitehead – LSE London LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund The Roundtables In the run-up to discussion of particular themes in the Examination in Public (EiP) we decided to bring together small expert groups, including several known to be participating in the relevant sessions and others with informed views – in order… Read More

About the London Plan Project

PROJECT INTRODUCTION (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan Examination in Public Prof Christine Whitehead | LSE London LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund Mayor Sadiq Khan’s proposed London Plan is now more than halfway through its formal Examination in Public (EiP). The Plan is the Mayor’s most important policy instrument. The EiP is a (very) extended process that allows public discussion of questions such as the feasibility of… Read More

Rent controls: lessons from international experience

Yesterday, the Residential Landlords Association published a new LSE London report by Christine Whitehead and Peter Williams on changes in rent regulation in a number of countries (click here to view report). The starting point for this research was the growing concern about whether the private rented sector is suitable for its growing role as a mainstream tenure especially given the large numbers of family households that are now living there. One… Read More

Four of our reports make it into ThinkHouse´s curated library of the year´s best

Officially launched in 2018, Thinkhouse.org.uk is a new site comprising a library of innovative pieces of housing research. The library is curated by an independent editorial panel made up of experts with breadth of experience in the housing sector from academia, central and local governments, and the private and voluntary sectors. The main reports they feature are thought to have the best chances of influencing policy makers; they also have a section… Read More

Longer-Term Tenancies in England: observations about the recent government consultation

England currently has some of the shortest leases in the advanced world: the typical assured short-hold tenancy lasts either 6 months or a year. At the end of the lease period landlords can evict tenants without giving a reason. Such evictions are currently the main cause of homelessness in this country, and one reason why tenants find it difficult to complain about poor quality and services. The Government’s consultation on introducing longer… Read More

How can the government better address the housing needs of older people?

Older people (aged 65 and over) now make up around 20% of the total population in the UK according to the Office for National Statistics. That proportion is heading towards 25% by mid-century. How is the government addressing the housing needs of this group of households? This is a particularly important question considering that suitable, comfortable, and well-situated homes can improve a person’s quality of life, including physical and mental health, wellbeing,… Read More

Section 106 planning obligations and the Community Infrastructure Levy in England, 2016 to 2017

In March 2018, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published the report The Incidence, Value and Delivery of Planning Obligations and Community Infrastructure Levy in England in 2016-17. LSE London’s Christine Whitehead was one of the authors alongside Alex Lord, Richard Dunning, Bertie Docerill, Gemma Burgess, Adrian Carro, Tony Crook and Craig Watkins. The cohort of authors was made up of academics from various UK universities. The report is the… Read More

Will the private rented sector continue to grow? Our report for Shelter

Current forecasts suggest that perhaps one in four households in England, and one in three in London, might be living in the private rented sector by 2025. However there have also been signs that growth is slowing—as indicated by the black line on the figure below, which has flattened since 2012. In this context, Shelter asked us to look at possible future scenarios for the private rented sector [1]. To view or… Read More