Planning Certainty

Rising to the Challenge: London’s Housing Crisis

On Thursday, 1 December 2016, LSE London launched the final report and recommendations on how to accelerate the supply of new housing in London. This was a culmination of discussions with specialists from central government, the GLA, and London boroughs together with a small number of other key actors from industry and academia. This event followed up on our interim report we published in June 2016, taking full account of changing political… Read More

Social mobility in Great Britain: evidence on obstacles young people face

The Social Mobility Commission published their annual report on the problem of social mobility in Britain. This year they placed strong emphasis on new evidence that suggests that for young people obstacles for social mobility are getting worse not better. The evidence they provide highlights four key areas that negatively affect the poor, low-and middle-income families and communities in England: a discriminatory education system, a two-tier labour market, an imbalanced economy, and… Read More

GLA publishes LSE London research on housing density

The Mayor of London commissioned LSE London research on housing density. This research data is meant to aid in the development of policies and preparation of the London Plan. Links to all of the reports can be found here. LSE London’s Christine Whitehead, Alan Mace, and Ian Gordon wrote two out of the the five reports. The first report titled, ‘Defining, measuring and implementing density standards in London’ (London Plan Density Research… Read More

Market VS Planning: is deregulation the answer? [Blog]

At first glance the recent changes in regulation around Short-Term Letting (STL) and Permitted Development Rights (PDR) may seem to have very little in common. The 2015 Deregulation Act allowed Londoners increasing freedom to rent out all or part of their homes on a short-term basis. PDR alterations mean that it is now possible to convert properties used for office to residential development without planning permission. So what do these changes to… Read More

London Borough Planners Focus Group Meeting: Planning deregulation in London [Podcast]

Focus Group   London Borough Planners Focus Group Meeting: Planning deregulation in London Date and Time: 28 June 2016 17:00 – 18:00 Location: New Academic Building Room NAB 8.03  Attendee list Sakiba Gurda – Islinghton Paul Simmons – Westminster Jennifer Watson – Westminster Mark Dorfman – Mark Dorfman Consulting Ltd Nancy Holman – LSE Alessandra Mossa – LSE Alan Mace – LSE Fanny Blanc – LSE — The deregulation of planning controls is… Read More

Enforcing the unenforceable: the hard work of two enforcement officers in London [Animation Video]

The deregulation act of March 2015 changed the way London regulates short-term letting. Before the act Londoners were not allowed to rent out their properties on a short-term basis without first gaining planning permission. The legislation now makes it possible for the council taxpayer to let their property on a short-term basis of fewer than 90 nights in a calendar year. STL is often associated with the loss of permanent housing stock… Read More

Discussing planning deregulation in London: office conversions and short-term lettings [Short Film]

The deregulation of planning controls is often presented as a panacea that will help increase housing supply and give individuals more freedom to extract value from their property or properties. From the streamlining of planning regulation to the government’s red tape challenge, the answer to the provision of better outcomes for society appears to be: let the market decide. But is it always best or desirable to allow the market to arbitrate… Read More

Prof Christine Whitehead was one of the Keynote Speakers at the 2016 AREUEA conference

Prof Christine Whitehead gave one of the keynote speeches at The American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA) 2016 annual international conference held in Alicante, Spain. Christine’s presentation, titled ‘Is Social and Affordable Housing in Jeopardy?’ dealt with the questions of why social and affordable housing matter, the different definitions and practices across Europe over time, and a historical overview of financing models in Europe and in the UK. She also… Read More

Prof Christine Whitehead provides an economic overview at The Residential Funding Conference

Prof Christine Whitehead spoke at The Residential Funding Conference on Tuesday, 5 July 2016. She provided an economic overview of the political and economic climate after the Referendum. Currently, she says, there is no real or clear-cut assessment that can be made in such a sensitive atmosphere. The story that will dominate for the next few months, perhaps years, she argues, are about expectations and risks–neither of which are handled well by the… Read More

The Kipling Estate: Genuinely affordable housing in central London [Video]

In this video we explore a creative approach on how to accelerate housing developments in London and how to find places to put this housing. Bermondsey provides a good example of this creativity with Kipling garages. This video comes from our site visit to Bermondsey. Our hosts were Leather Market Joint Management Board (JMB), a tenant management organisation that operates 1500 homes for Southwark Council and Igloo Regeneration Fund.