Planning Certainty

Reducing the risks of mortgage default and possession in the UK

In late 2017, we published a blog entry summarising some of the findings of the report Challenges for our home ownership safety net: UK and international perspectives, published by UK Finance and authored by LSE London’s Christine Whitehead and her colleagues, Peter Williams and Steve Wilcox. In this blog post, we report on the findings of the article Reducing the risks of mortgage default and possession in the UK; an international perspective,… 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

Private Rented Sector in Northern Ireland Compared to Europe: Evidence & Policy

On 22 March 2018, Kath Scanlon presented at a conference hosted by Northern Ireland Housing Executive in Belfast. The conference, entitled ‘Evidence & Policy on the Private Rented Sector’, focused on just that – evidence and policy of the Private Rented Sector (PRS) in Northern Ireland. (Click here to download the presentation.) In her presentation, Kath talked about how the sector compares to the rest of Europe in terms of affordability, security… Read More

Planning for a Growing London – Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, TfL | Lent Term Seminar

On Monday, Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, Transport for London, gave a presentation on London’s transport strategy. Click here to download PPT presentation. Williams reminded the audience about the role of TfL and the responsibilities of this organisation, which has been around since 2000. Since its implementation, TfL has been an important stakeholder in London’s growth. Indeed, the organisation has expanded its network with several transport modes such as DLR, Santander… Read More

Planning for the economy – Lynne Miles, ARUP | Lent Term Seminar

On Monday, Lynne Miles, Associate director of planning policy and economics at ARUP and Deputy Director of What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth gave a presentation on planning for the economy where she focused on the great disparity between London and other English cities. Click here to download the PPT presentation. London is over six times bigger than the next biggest city Birmingham. While different indicators suggest greater and lesser differences… Read More

Strategic planning: what goes around, comes around – Catriona Riddell, Catriona Riddell & Associates | Lent Term Seminar

In 2010, with the abolition of regional strategies, the local level was left with “Duty to Cooperate” to establish local partnerships and joint actions. On Monday 5 February 2018, Catriona Riddell, former Director of Planning at the South East England Regional Assembly and now Director at Catriona Riddell & Associates, spoke about the evolution of planning since the removal of the regional tier in England. Click here to download PPT presentation slides…. Read More

Lent Term Seminars 2018 schedule

The Lent Term Seminar Series programme is here! The Regional and Urban Planning Studies Programme and LSE London are glad to present their new seminar programme starting from January 2018. On 5 February 2018, our speaker is Catriona Riddell, from the Catriona Riddell Associates, who will be speaking about strategic planning, including new London Plan. This event is open to all. We are looking forward to seeing you! Join us for a… Read More

Planning Tools – Sara Dilmamode and Andrew Barry-Purssell, Lent Term Seminar

On Monday 22 January 2018, as part of our Lent Term Seminar series, Sara Dilmamode (Citiesmode) and Andrew Barry-Purssell (Westminster Council) gave a fascinating presentation on planning tools, focusing on how development plans fit within a plan-led system. Click here to download the PPT presentation slides. The presentation followed the sometimes tortuous route of plan making from the creation of an evidence base, to policy formation, to deposit, to Examination in Public, to… Read More

Christine Whitehead is in a panel of experts that will conduct an independent review to tackle barriers to building

A vital independent review into understanding why hundreds of thousands of homes haven’t been built, despite having planning permission, is underway as a panel of experts was on 14 January 2018 unveiled by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Originally announced at Autumn Budget, the review, led by Sir Oliver Letwin will look to explain the gap between the number of planning permissions being granted against those built in areas… Read More

A Sustainable Increase in London’s Housing Supply?

On 11 January 2018, LSE London launched the final report of the third of three Knowledge Exchange and Impact projects aimed at fostering debate between academics, practitioners, and government. The report, entitled A sustainable increase in London’s housing supply? was authored by Kath Scanlon, Christine Whitehead, and Fanny Blanc; click here to access the full report. The series that spawned this project started in September 2014 when the scale of the housing… Read More