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Political party manifestos – anything for London’s housing?

The publication of the political party manifestos should have been a welcome moment for clear thinking and radical ideas on how to alleviate the housing crisis. Instead what we have, with a few exceptions, are aspirational promises with little on how they can be achieved and lots of tinkering around the edges of the major issues. The big stories are those that have been signalled for months: getting the numbers up; helping… Read More

Workshop: Is foreign money necessary for accelerating housing development in London?

On February 19th – Chinese New Year – LSE London held a workshop on the potential role of international money in accelerating housing development in London. The conclusion was that foreign money can definitely help to bring forward development and in current conditions may well be the only way to achieve ambitious housing targets in London. However there are barriers to expanding their involvement, not least public attitudes to foreign buyers and… Read More

Debate: Podcast Recordings

On 10 December, LSE London held a debate and expert panel further to explore the issues constraining the supply of housing in London. Speakers included: Paul Cheshire, Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography, LSE Fran Tonkiss, Director, LSE Cities Programme Chris Hamnett, Professor of Geography, King’s College London Jo Negrini, Executive Director of Development and Environment, Croydon David Lammy, MP for Tottenham Podcast recordings of the panellists’ presentations are available below. Debate Introduction:… Read More

Video: A New Model for PRS in London?

On 9 January 2015, a team of researchers visited two new purpose-built PRS developments in East London: Stratford Halo and East Village. This site visit followed an expert roundtable held in December 2014, where sector stakeholders discussed strategies for overcoming barriers to institutional investment in the PRS. Neil Young, Chief Executive of Get Living London, and Alex Hilton, Director of Generation Rent, attended both the workshop and the site visit in January…. Read More

‘Game Changer’ for Housing Supply: Fran Tonkiss’ Thoughts

On 10 December, LSE London held a debate and expert panel further to explore the issues constraining the supply of housing in London. Our five panellists were each asked to respond to the following question: What are the two or three changes/innovations you think could ‘change the game’ and accelerate new housing development in London? Fran Tonkiss, Director of the LSE Cities Programme, was one of our five panellists. Her response is available… Read More

Tony Travers

Tony Travers is Director of LSE London, a research centre at the London School of Economics. He is also a Visiting Professor in the LSE’s Government Department. His key research interests include local and regional government and public service reform. He is currently an advisor to the House of Commons Children, Schools and Families Select Committee and the Communities and Local Government Select Committee. He has published a number of books on… Read More