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Innovative construction methods

Across London a few bold local authorities and charities have commissioned new housing built using innovative techniques such as modular prefabrication, where the units are stacked like Lego. These developments have an undeniable ‘gadgety’ appeal—but could they be a game changer? Could they overcome long-held negative attitudes to prefabrication, and provide cheaper, better housing—and faster? As part of our project on Accelerating Housing Production in London, on 24 February LSE London hosted… Read More

Final report of the London Housing Commission

Christine Whitehead was one of the Commissioners on the London Housing Commission which produced a final report titled, Building a new deal for London. The London Housing Commission is part of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). Here is an excerpt of the press release. “London faces unprecedented challenges in housing its citizens. The London Housing Commission proposes a new deal to secure essential powers and resources for the London mayor… Read More

Housing zones as new housing acceleration tools

On 10 February 2016, LSE London held their second roundtable of the project, ‘Accelerating Housing Production in London’. A small group of experts from the public, private and academic sectors gathered to discuss the role that Housing Zones might play in accelerating housing production. Housing Zones were originally a London initiative, developing out of the Mayor’s Housing Strategy. While the original conception was very broad-brush, it has emerged as a fully-fledged policy… Read More

Mayoral hustings debate summary: ‘Why I should be Mayor of London Tomorrow’

On Thursday 28 January, 2016, LSE London and London Chamber of Commerce & Industry co-hosted the first mayoral hustings titled ‘Why I should be Mayor of London Tomorrow’, a public debate amongst the candidates from main political parties. The event was arranged by London Tomorrow, a thought leadership initiative to lay out thoughts seeking to inform and influence local politicians on issues concerning London. Tony Travers introduced the event noting that this… Read More

Roundtable on Planning and the Role of SME Builders

Roundtable on Planning and the Role of SME Builders On 20 January 2016 LSE London held the first roundtable of our new project, ‘Accelerating Housing Production in London’. A small group of experts from the private sector and academia gathered to discuss the challenges facing small and medium-sized developers (SMEs) in the London residential market.   The discussion was framed around the following questions: Can SMEs play a significant role specifically in London?… Read More

Kath Scanlon examines whether the German PRS would work in the UK for View, an independent social affairs magazine

Kath Scanlon briefly discusses some of the possible implications of importing a German PRS model to the UK. After outlining positive and negative aspects, she concludes that it is not enough to know how other models work in other countries. The difficult part, it seems, is predicting how such models differ in this geographic context. An except: ‘The German system has worked well for decades not only because of what it offers… Read More

HEIF5 Accelerating Housing Production in London Roundtable 1: Setting the Priorities

On 23 November 2015 LSE London launched its new HEIF5 knowledge-exchange project, entitled Accelerating Housing Production in London. A small group of experts from the private sector, the public sector and academia gathered to discuss priorities—what are the key barriers to accelerating residential development in the capital? We started with some concerns identified by our earlier project: uncertainties in planning; the role of small and medium sized builders; housing zones; mayoral powers… Read More

Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience: ESRC sponsored seminar series 2014-2016

Collaborative Housing and Community Resilience You may download the Sheffield standard application form here. Pre-seminar tour January 28th 2016 (collaborative housing schemes in/around Sheffield; optional free preparation for the seminar proper) Seminar: (5 in series of 6) University of Sheffield, January 29th 2016 If you wish to attend one of the seminars in this series, then you must send a completed application form to helen.jarvis@ncl.ac.uk as soon as possible. Places are limited and… Read More

The PRS: Evolution in London and international perspective

On Tuesday, Dec 1st, 2015 Kath Scanlon presented evidence to the Housing Select Committee of the London Borough of Lewisham about private renting in London and Germany. Here’s an excerpt of the presentation: Conclusions PRS has grown quickly in London since early 1990s, mostly through transfer of existing homes rather than new build 1988 deregulation of rents and leases contributed. English rental market much less regulated than in most European countries PRS rents… Read More

Private Renters’ Rights: Safe and stable homes in Kensington and Chelsea

Professor Christine Whitehead gave the keynote address titled, ‘The future of the private rented sector’ at the report launch of Private Renters’ Rights: Safe and stable homes in Kensington and Chelsea report. Melissa Fernàndez and Christine Whitehead worked in the advisory group. The presentation can be found here and the report can be downloaded here.