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18:00 - 21:00 27 November 2014

Planning and Housing – Why the continuing tensions?


Gustav Tuck Lecture Theatre | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed and Pre-booking essential

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Christine Whitehead, Professor of Housing Economics, London School of Economics, Christine Whitehead OBE, PhD, BSc (Econ), ARICS, FSPR is Professor of Housing Economics,London School of Economics where she works as an applied economist working mainly in the fields of housing economics, finance and policy. She has worked with a wide range of international agencies as well as regularly for the UK government and Parliament. She was Director of the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research from 1990 to 2010 as well as Professor at LSE. Major themes in her recent research have included analysis of the relationship between planning and housing; the role of private renting in European housing systems; and financing social housing in the UK and Europe.

Planning is regularly blamed for the continued low levels of new house building, even though over the last decade there have been a number attempts to improve the operation of the land use planning system. The latest attempts at simplification and support for development so far seem to have been no more successful. One of the reasons for this may be that planning is fundamentally a legal approach to ensuring adequate provision in appropriate locations while delivering housing depends more on policy, finance and economics. What is clear is that neither side fully understands the pressures facing the other – which militates against effectively overcoming constraints. This lecture will examine some of the tensions that these different approaches generate; discuss examples of the problems that arise; and ask what can be done to align objectives and processes more closely.


Anthony Grout
+44 (0)20 3108 9549 | anthony.grout@ucl.ac.uk


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