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Reflections from an outsider – Older Women’s Cohousing (OWCH, Barnet, North London)

Reflections from an outsider Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway On 4 May I had my first ‘fieldwork’ experience in London, where I’m spending a few months as a visiting researcher from Barcelona.  I attended a focus group organised by the OWCH research collective, of which LSE forms part, with recent residents of the Older Women’s Cohousing Project (OWCH) in Barnet, North London. This workshop is one of four participative research sessions funded by an Averil… Read More

Substantive questions from Build to Rent consultation, LSE London’s responses

Substantive questions from Build to Rent consultation LSE London responses Kath Scanlon & Christine Whitehead, 28 April 2017 Do you consider there are market and regulatory failures impeding the rapid development of the Build to Rent market that merit national policy intervention? Please add comments. Build to Rent schemes provide positive externalities in the form of faster development and placemaking which are not reflected in market prices. There is also regulatory failure… Read More

LSE London’s response to the Fixing our broken housing market consultation

LSE London’s response to the Fixing our broken housing market consultation 2 May 2017 Members of the LSE London research group, together with academic and research colleagues from elsewhere, met on 26th April to discuss our response to the consultation around the Housing White Paper. Those endorsing this response are listed at the end of the document. Here we present an overview, plus responses to some specific questions. Overview Our overall response… Read More

Social housing in England after the GFC: affordable vs ‘affordable’

On 19 April 2017, Kath Scanlon presented at the Redesigning Social Housing against Poverty in Europe (RESHAPE) annual conference in Bozen-Bolzano (Italy). Her presentation, Social housing in England after the GFC: affordable vs ‘affordable’ (download PPT here), covered themes such as England’s ‘housing crisis’, changing nature of social landlords, and marginalisation of social housing and growth of ‘affordable’ – but not social — products. Abstract: England’s increasing housing affordability problem, widely described… Read More

LSE London welcomes Dr Pareja-Eastaway

LSE London welcomes Dr Montserrat Pareja Eastaway as a visiting scholar from the University of Barcelona where she holds the post of Associate Professor of the Department of Economics. Since 1992, Professor Pareja-Eastaway devotes her research to the analysis of urban problems, specifically its impact on social, cultural, and economic aspects. Multidisciplinary and comparative analyses are constant in her career together with her participation in professional projects in collaboration with public and/or… Read More

Strength in Numbers: Funding and Building More Affordable Housing in London

Christine Whitehead was one of the experts that provided advice and guidance on the report, ‘Strength in Numbers: Funding and Building More Affordable Housing in London‘, by Silviya Barrett and Tom Dilke. The report examines what the authors perceive to be two of the main barriers preventing local authorities from building, namely: the cost of land and the availability of funding. The report brings to light the benefits of cross-borough collaboration on… Read More

Our written evidence submitted to CLG Select Committee’s Housing for older people inquiry

In February 2017, the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee launched an inquiry into whether the housing on offer in England for older people is sufficiently available and suitable for their needs. This inquiry was launched in lieu of a significant housing shortage, a rise in elderly population, pressures on adult social care, and, as mentioned in the announcement, with ‘just 2% of the country’s housing stock designed with pensioners in mind’…. Read More

LSE London / Regional Urban Planning Studies (RUPS) Lent Term Seminars

    LSE London’s 2017 Lent term seminar series begins on the 16th of January. Speakers from within and beyond LSE will focus on London’s current economic and political environment London, covering relevant issues such as London’s planning strategy, Brexit, gender, urban space, and right to the everyday life, West London corridor, suburban gentrification, TFL crossrail, and the Outer London Commission. Presenters include academics and practitioners from relevant fields. Each seminar is… Read More

On devolution and why it’s what London needs

At the behest of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, the London Finance Commission reconvened once more to produce an evidence based report on the possibilities of devolution with specific focus on tax and spending arrangements in the capital. This report, titled Devolution: a capital idea, is especially important seeing as the political landscape will continue to be altered after the June 2016 EU referendum vote. The process of devolution has been… Read More

How to nourish the Build to Rent sector to meet housing needs in the UK

We understand that the UK needs to increase housing supply from around 200,000 net additions to 300,000 homes per year to identify housing needs of 1.5m homes in the next five years (see our previous report with the Town & Country Planning Association). We have identified Build to Rent (BTR) as a model that can help address and meet these goals (see our previous report with Future of London). The task before… Read More