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EiP, Day 22: Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land

by Alan Mace Green belt had already been discussed in earlier sessions including when the relationship between London and the wider region was considered. This session was focused on Policies G2 and G3 in the new London Plan which refer directly to green belt and to Metropolitan Open Land (MOL). The session opened with a GLA official making the best they could of defending an indefensible position. The Mayor has gone beyond… Read More

How is gentrification impacting contemporary London?

by Meera Kumar and Zach Jenson Gentrification has been a topic of considerable interest in London for decades now, but over that time the mechanisms by which it shapes the city have continually shifted. Which communities and practices are responsible for the bulk of the gentrifying, and which communities are disproportionately affected? Should we be paying more attention to new-build developments, or the growing trend in buy-to-let? How are people responding to… Read More

No fault evictions: next steps and foreseeable problems

by Christine Whitehead It was good to see the announcement by James Brokenshire yesterday that the government has decided to put an end to Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions and has accepted the majority view expressed to their consultation on longer term tenancies in the sector that tenancies should last indefinitely. The original consultation suggested a three-year tenancy with a probationary period, so the shift in thinking towards giving tenants far greater… Read More

HBF Policy Conference 2019: ‘Confronting the housing crisis’, John Stewart memorial presentation

On March 26th, Christine Whitehead spoke at the Home Builders Federation (HBF) Policy Conference 2019. Her presentation, entitled ‘Confronting the housing crisis’, was the first in what is to become an annual series of memorial presentations honouring the life of the late John Stewart, HBF’s former Director on Economic Affairs. The conference brought together different industry stakeholders to discuss key issues around planning, modern methods of construction, the current and future housing… Read More

The housing research industry: interview with Thinkhouse’s Richard Hyde

In October 2018, we wrote a brief blog profiling Thinkhouse and celebrating four of LSE London’s reports making it onto their curated library of the year’s best research. The list fluctuates as new reports are published, assessed by an independent editorial panel, and moved onto their corresponding categories including must read, highly recommended, and other reports. Since then, another of our reports, Rent controls: lessons from international experience, has been added to… Read More

Examination in Public: Density Policy, the Disappearing SRQ Matrix, and the Question of Who Should Safeguard Residential Environments in London – the Mayor or the Boroughs

BLOG: DENSITY (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan |Examination in Public Prof Ian Gordon | LSE London Research commissioned by the LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund Density Policy, the Disappearing SRQ Matrix, and the Question of Who Should Safeguard Residential Environments in London – the Mayor or the Boroughs            Since the structure of the EiP follows that of the New London Plan itself, it keeps intersecting with… Read More

Examination in Public: Blog – Affordable Housing

BLOG: Matter 24 (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan |Examination in Public Kath Scanlon | LSE London Research commissioned by the LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund Giving evidence at the EiP: affordable housing It’s 26 February, Day 13 of the Examination in Public of the Draft London Plan, and on the agenda is a central issue and one of the most contentious: affordable housing. Christine Whitehead and… Read More

Can we grow food on the Green Belt?

London Talks Blog Post by Zach Jenson The Metropolitan Green Belt that surrounds London has always been host to some level of agricultural activity, but in recent years the discussion has intensified around how this land should be used, and whether increased food output should play a role. Is this the best use of the available land? If so, what is the most equitable and valuable way to do so? What kind… Read More

Examination in Public: Blog – Small Sites Initiative

BLOG: Small Sites Initiative (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan |Examination in Public Prof Ian Gordon | LSE London Research commissioned by the LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund Getting to Grips with the Promised Scale of Additional Housing supply from the Mayor’s Small Sites Initiative Since the first day of the Examination in Public (on the inadequacies of the New London Plan’s impact analyses) LSE London representatives… Read More

How Does Planning Deregulation Impact Neighbourhoods?

The deregulation of planning has often been touted as the way to get housing built and to make the economy vibrant, ‘We must free the market of needless red tape and liberate it from the vicelike grip of faceless grey bureaucrats’; or so the discourse goes. But what gets lost when we pursue deregulation? Is this always the best way forward to build the communities we want to have? In this London… Read More