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Battersea Power Station: an aspirational enclave

Site visit: BPS One recent July day, LSE London researchers visited Battersea Power Station (BPS) on the south bank of the Thames to look at progress on this enormous site, which will eventually have over 4000 new homes. Construction at BPS is proceeding much faster than on a typical for-sale scheme in London. This reflects the approach in Malaysia, home country of the scheme’s backers. Given the capital’s desperate need for new… Read More

Global Financial Crisis: New Trends across Europe, Critical Housing Analysis journal, special issue (open access)

We are pleased to announce the publication of the new, special issue of Critical Housing Analysis. Critical Housing Analysis (CHA) is a peer-reviewed academic journal focusing on critical and innovative housing research. The purpose of this journal is to facilitate rapid feedback on critical and innovative ideas and methods developed by housing researchers around the world. The special issue Social Housing after the Global Financial Crisis: New Trends across Europe, edited by Teresio Poggio and Christine… Read More

Overseas investors and London’s housing market

The role of overseas investors in the London new-build residential market LSE London has just completed a study of the role of overseas investors in the London residential market for the GLA. (Click here to access the final report). We looked at the proportion of new homes sold to buyers who live abroad and at the proportion of those homes left empty; we also examined the contribution of overseas sales and finance… Read More

Apex Tower: modern prefab construction techniques delivering housing London needs

Wembley is known for football and for the stadium’s iconic arch, but there’s something else distinctive about this neighbourhood of London: it is home to a growing cluster of buildings built using modular pre-fabrication techniques. This technology, also known as ‘volumetric’, could help speed construction of the new housing London needs. To find out more about it, on 25 May a group of LSE researchers visited Apex Tower, a 29-storey purpose-built student… Read More

Housing in manifestos: the good, the bad, and the implications

On Monday 22 May LSE London convened a round table of London policy experts, housing practitioners and LSE academics for a Chatham House discussion of how the major political parties dealt with housing in their manifestos (see summary table below or click here for downloadable PDF version) for voters to consider on the 8 June 2017 General Election. What was good, what was bad, what was missing—and what were the implications for London?… Read More

‘Density hunting’: Using Google Maps to explore the city and locate suitable case study sites

Blog series: Methods for Studying Density in the City, by Mel Nowicki & Tim White ‘Experiencing Density’ is a project jointly led by LSE Cities and LSE London that explores resident experiences of life in London’s new high-density housing. Researching the benefits, and pitfalls, of high-density housing in the capital has become ever-more pressing in light of Mayor Sadiq Khan’s promise to build more housing for a rapidly growing population, without infringing… Read More

‘Co-operate not speculate’, -London Co-operative Housing Group

Blog about the report launch, by Dr Montserrat Pareja Eastaway Wednesday 24th May. Coin Street Conference centre. Amidst a festive environment, the report ‘Co-operate not speculate’, by the Co-operative Housing Group, was presented on the 24th May at Coin Street Neighbourhood centre. It was festive because those people attending the presentation were celebrating the validity of coops as a housing alternative for Londoners. As it became clear from the start, either people… Read More

The Policy Landscape and Housing Sector Trends, Christine Whitehead

On 12 May 2017, Christine Whitehead presented at the Westminster Social Policy Forum seminar titled Policy priorities for housing in England – planning finance, and delivery. The seminar discussed wide ranging issues such as the future for policy on planning, affordable rent, and increasing the supply of new homes. Speakers were asked to consider initiatives to prioritise the building of new homes where they are thought to be needed most, proposals for… Read More

Making Sense of the Economic Environment, Christine Whitehead

On 11 May 2017, Christine Whitehead presented at the Social Housing Finance Conference in London. In this pithy presentation, titled Making Sense of the Economic Environment (download PPT presentation here) she lays out some broad short term and long term fundamentals pertinent to the UK and the potential output growth figures. After providing this broader context, she describes the housing market situation and outlines the role of housing associations in expanding supply…. Read More

International Review of Planning Systems, Christine Whitehead

On 10 May 2017, Christine Whitehead presented at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) planners away day. Her presentation, ‘International Review of Planning Systems‘, provided just that, a review of international planning systems. The evidence she provided came from two previous reports she worked on: the first – Monk et el’s (2013) International review of land supply and planning systems, York, J.R.F.; and the second – Gordon, I. Mace, A.,… Read More