Spotlight on the future of London’s affordable housing
27 April 2016
A summit on affordable
housing organised by not-for-profit Uprise London and hosted by London South
Bank University (LSBU) saw academics, London mayoral election candidates and their representatives discuss the current housing crisis in the city.
of policy-makers, built environment and planning professionals, academics and LSBU
students heard Sian Berry (Green Party), Caroline Pidgeon (Liberal Democrats)
and Joy Morrissey (Conservatives) present their respective plans for affordable
homes in London, before the floor was opened to audience questions.
Prof. Barker commented
on the need for educators to support planning students to engage critically
with issues of urban planning, encouraging a sense of social responsibility beyond
teaching the practicalities of the planning profession. Prof. Egbu added that demand for homes was simply outstripping supply, and that existing government interventions, such as buy-to-let tax relief, had created
markets and incentives that did not necessarily address existing needs.
learning from the speeches and subsequent panel discussions that formed the summit will be incorporated into 'Plan A for London' – a document outlining recommended actions on affordable
housing. This document will be published 1 May and will be hand delivered to the Treasury, No. 10
Downing Street and the four main Mayoral candidates.
A full list of candidates standing for Mayor of London is available to view online.