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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Places are limited and… Read More
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
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.
New Buy-to-Let tax ‘puts the UK out of step with how other countries approach the PRS’, says Kathleen Scanlon
Kathleen Scanlon discusses research on the PRS across Europe and the United States in The Telegraph. She touches on some possible implications that the ne tax Buy-to-Let tax may have on professional small landlords. An except: “Kath Scanlon, research fellow at LSE London and co-author of the 2011 report, Towards a sustainable private rented sector: The lessons from other countries, said the new buy-to-let tax “puts the UK out of step with… Read More
Christine Whitehead discusses the social implications of a changing housing market at the ESRC Festival of Social Science: Housing Event at the Geffrye Museum of the Home. She argues that the housing system is failing to provide for population and household formation let alone for economic growth as well as other intricacies of how we have a dysfunctional housing system. An except: Conclusions: The housing system is failing to provide for population and… Read More
Christine Whitehead discusses barriers to accelerating housing delivery at the New Ideas for Housing: Tools for accelerating delivery, New Architecture London event. An excerpt: Findings from our last project: topics to address before the Mayoral election The uncertainties introduced by the planning negotiation process—especially viability and s106; The near disappearance of small and medium-sized builders from the London market; The potential role of Housing Zones; Whether the Mayor has the right powers in connection with new development; How the GLA and local authorities could… Read More
England needs to build 1.5 million homes in next five years, says Christine Whitehead co-authored report
Research for the Town and Country Planning Association co-authored by Christine Whitehead has found that young people across the country are struggling to live independently because of the cost of housing. To catch up with housing demand by 2020, the number of homes suggested by the projections, 310,000 extra homes a year are needed over the next 5 years. A quote from Christine: “One of the biggest concerns is that couples aged between 25 and 34 –… Read More
We congratulate one of our leading researchers, Professor Christine Whitehead, on her two recent appointments as a member of the London Housing Commission and as a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee for their inquiry on Housing Association and the Right to Buy.
‘Housing in London: the current state of play’, Christine Whitehead presents at the Policy Forum for London
On October 21st, 2015, Christine Whitehead gave a talk at the Policy Forum for London discussing the contemporary politics surrounding housing in London. She examined the complexities of the various factors that need to be addressed to confront the current housing crisis. Here, Christine evaluates the positives and negatives of the housing market in London: Completions stable at around 18,000, way below Plan let alone requirements and new orders falling (affordable housing timing)… Read More