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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

Day 16: Density [M39]

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

Day 13: Affordable housing [M24]

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

Day 11: Small sites [M20]

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

Day 10: Housing supply and targets [M19], part 2

BLOG: MATTER 19 – DAY 2 (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan Examination in Public Prof Christine Whitehead | LSE London LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund On the second day of discussion of Matter 19 (Housing Supply and Targets) we returned to the list of sub-questions. But the discussion had greater resonance because the first sub question had real content: What is going to bring about the… Read More

Day 9: Housing supply (SHLAA) and targets [M19], part 1

BLOG: MATTER 19 (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan Examination in Public Prof Christine Whitehead | LSE London LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund M19: Housing supply and targets In many ways this topic – about whether the 10-year housing targets for London and the individual boroughs are justified and deliverable – lies at the heart of the draft London Plan with respect to housing. One would have… Read More

Day 7: Housing requirement [M17]

A VERY TECHNICAL SESSION (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan |Examination in Public | Matter 17: Housing Requirements  Prof Christine Whitehead |LSE London Research commissioned by the LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund London Plan Examination in Public: Tuesday February 5th Housing Requirements Tuesday’s session on Matter 17, Housing Requirements was very different from earlier sessions – which had ranged widely across the core topics around land supply… Read More

Examination in Public: Roundtable 2

BRIEFING NOTE Examination in Public – Roundtable 2 (PDF) Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan Prof Christine Whitehead – LSE London Research commissioned by the LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund Governance and the interaction between the GLA and Local Authorities The discussion at the second roundtable was rather more wide ranging than the first reflecting the many different inter-relationships between the Greater London Authority (GLA) and London boroughs…. Read More