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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

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