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Relationship Counselling: London and its boroughs, neighbours and central government

The Final Event was structured around discussion on where and how more effective relationships between the GLA and local authorities, the GLA and the Wider South East; and the GLA and central government might be secured. This was led by three pairs of speakers, including four of those whose contributions to the EiP notably addressed this relationship issue as well as two other practitioners with directly relevant experience. The topics covered in… Read More

Conflict or cooperation? Looking back at the EiP

The Final Event Three years into the life cycle of this Mayor’s London Plan – although the next election looms before we can be sure about its final form. It is time now to shift gear – from critiquing ‘his’ Plan to thinking about collaborative ways of improving outcomes from the process and finding a way of ‘failing better’ with the next one. In this final event we concentrate mainly on housing… Read More

RGS Vertical Urbanisms

Our density project (click here to the webpage for this project) explores the experiences of residents living in high-density housing schemes across London. We decided to look at different high-density building typologies (minimum 150 dwellings per hectare) to acquire a more general understanding of what density means, rather than focusing on high-rises. In this way our approach has differed from previous work on the experience of verticality (Baxter & Lees, Ghosh). Among… Read More

Learning from Bridport: the wider benefits of cohousing in the UK

LSE London’s Kath Scanlon, together with Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia (Lancaster University), Jim Hudson (UCL), and Swaiba Saeed (LSE) conducted a research project for Bridport Cohousing in Dorset. The report, entitled ‘The wider benefits of cohousing: the case of Bridport’, explores how Bridport can be expected to benefit its wider neighbourhood and community. Linking this case study to the broader literature, the authors hope the lessons will be relevant to prospective developments elsewhere… Read More

Barriers to acceptance of housing offers by families in temporary accommodation, a report for the Borough of Camden

Currently, the Borough of Camden houses approximately 500 households (of which 370 are families) in temporary accommodation (TA). These include hostels in Camden as well as nightly rented homes outside Camden. Increasingly, Camden has been offering private rented housing in other London boroughs primarily because of the high cost of private rented accommodation in Camden. However, many of the family households in TA have turned down offers in the PRS. Camden commissioned… Read More

Are select committees effective? Christine Whitehead and Tony Travers share their experiences as academics

Earlier this year, the Liaison Committee – the committee of all the Chairs – launched an inquiry into the effectiveness and influence of the select committee system which scrutinises the work of Government and its associated bodies. The inquiry was meant to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the select committee system. The Liaison Committee has published its recommendations for change. LSE London’s Christine Whitehead and Tony Travers, members since the early… Read More

Capturing development value, principles and practice: difficulties and the need for reform

Christine Whitehead and Tony Crook have co-authored an article, entitled Capturing development value, principles and practice: why is it so difficult?, for Town Planning Review. The article discusses ‘unhypothecated national taxation and negotiated local contributions for infrastructure (CIL) and affordable housing (S106). The paper also considers the case for modification of the current system or whether more fundamental reform is needed. Below we share the abstract and a brief snippet of the… Read More

Christine Whitehead on Ask the Expert: the future of housing in the UK

On July 4th, 2019, Christine Whitehead was one of three panellists at the Social Market Foundation’s ‘Ask the Expert: The Future of Housing in the UK’ panel discussion. Topics discussed included the current state of housing in the UK and the possibilities and challenges that present themselves for a new Prime Minister in the wings. One of the core questions driving the discussion was: How exactly can the next government create fairer… Read More

Affordable housing in Asia, a report for RICS

In May 2019, LSE London’s Christine Whitehead and Connie Tang from the University of Cambridge, published a report for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) entitled ‘International models for delivery of affordable housing in Asia’. The report examines affordable housing provision in a wide range of countries, cultures, scales, systems and experiences in Asia. Asia accounts for more than 60% of the world’s population, mostly living in urban areas. It includes… Read More

Can alternative housing ease the crisis?

By Meera Kumar & Zach Jenson When it comes to addressing the housing crisis in London, our current toolkit may be more limited than we think. By basing most of our proposals and ideas on traditional housing models like single-occupancy homes and flats, we fail to consider newer, more disruptive options. These include ideas like cohousing, community land trusts, and other ways of sidestepping the traditional housing market. Not only do these… Read More