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‘Housing Associations, capital markets and housing supply’, a presentation by Christine Whitehead

On October 6th, 2015, Christine Whitehead gave a talk at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) titled, ‘Housing Associations, capital markets and housing supply’. She discussed housing associations and how they can play a key role in increasing housing supply, the barriers they face and recommendations on how to move forward. These are some of the conclusions Christine drew from her analysis: The HA sector has been a massive success – not perfect… Read More

HEIF5 Project: Accelerating housing production in London

LSE London awarded a year-long HEIF5 project titled, Accelerating housing production in London. See our October newsletter with all the latest details. The following is a project description: London faces a significant housing crisis that threatens both its social sustainability and its long-term economic stability. Last year (2014-15), our HEIF5  project, Addressing the Supply Crisis focused on the implications of the national election debate for London; identified barriers to supply specific to the capital and pointed to where… Read More

Melissa Fernández discusses alternative housing in a New Statesman’s special issue about Croydon

Melissa Fernández discusses alternative housing in a New Statesman piece titled Time for Change by Guy Clapperton. The piece is part of a special issue addressing regeneration and housing in Croydon, as well as the social alternative options available, such as co-housing, in which residents participate and help design their neighbourhood in a collaborative manner, as well as eco-alternatives and affordable alternatives that aren’t necessarily social. Here is a brief snippet of… Read More

Co-designing senior co-housing

Melissa Fernández and Kathleen Scanlon publish article in Urban Design (136) on the collaborative design process behind Featherstone Lodge. They also briefly discuss examples from elsewhere in the UK and abroad, and they offer commentary on the lessons that the collaborative process of co-housing design offers for urban design more generally. The full article can be read here. An excerpt from the article: “What is co-housing? To live intentionally as a group…. Read More

Housing in London – Final Roundtable and Report Launch

On October 12th we hosted our final event of our year-long project, Housing in London: Addressing the Supply Crisis. We provided an opportunity for different stakeholders ranging from academics, local politicians, developers, planners, and other representatives from the private and public sector to discuss the recommendations from our final report. Other points of conversation were ways in which we could the debate forward, particularly in light of government announcements and the upcoming… Read More

What’s behind the $5 cereal that provoked a London mob? Nancy Holman weighs in

In this piece from The Atlantic, Nancy Holman weighs in on London’s cereal wars contextualing this not just in terms of the usual framework of gentrification but rather drawing links between these conflicts and the housing crisis in London. An excerpt: “Holman’s interpretation lends clarity to the parts of the anti-Cereal Killer activists’ Facebook manifesto that aren’t about “brioche buns.” Other paragraphs focus on “Russian oligarchs, Saudi sheiks, Israeli scumbag property developers,… Read More

Putting the Social into Alternative Housing

On September 17-18, 2015 Melissa Fernandez and Kath Scanlon presented a paper and participated in the 2-day academic/practitioner workshop in the Geffrye Museum called ‘Putting the Social into Alternative Housing’, marking the end of Dr Michaela Benson’s ESRC project.

Workshop: The role of Housing Associations in accelerating residential development in London

On 27 May 2015—shortly after the general election—LSE London held a small, specialist workshop on the role of housing associations in accelerating development in London. Attendees included chief executives, finance directors, trade bodies, local authority officials and other stakeholders and commentators. The conversation focused on the possibilities, barriers and in particular the incentives and risks that Housing Associations perceive in expanding housing investment. There was general agreement that Housing Associations had a… Read More

Blog: Does residential development always drive down local prices?

The impact of new housing development on surrounding areas Christine Whitehead and Emma Sagor, LSE London Many people fear that new housing development will worsen local amenities, reduce their wellbeing and perhaps even undermine the capital values of their home – often regardless the quality of the development envisaged or whether there is a shortage of homes to meet local needs. The question of the impact on house prices is never directly… Read More

The increasing complexities of the welfare cap

Christine Whitehead and Emma Sagor, LSE London The £26,000 welfare cap for working aged families introduced in April 2013 has been one of the most supported policies introduced by the coalition. By setting the maximum eligibility at the median household income and excluding those working over 16 hours (24, if two workers) voters saw it as an equitable constraint which could, with support, also help people to better their circumstances by finding… Read More