Housing | By: N Quentin Woolf

Londonist Out Loud: London's Housing Crisis Part II

Welcome to the latest episode of Londonist Out Loud, a podcast about London.

How do we fund 'affordable' housing and infrastructure? What is the impact of regeneration on social housing stock? Should we rethink the Green Belt? In this second of a two-part special on London's housing crisis, Londonist writers Rachel Holdsworth, Beth Parnell-Hopkinson and Jonn Elledge (also editor of CityMetric) talk to N Quentin Woolf about the solutions being proposed and which ones make sense.

You can hear part 1 here. Please do let us know your thoughts via Twitter @londonistsound and @londonist or in the comments. We'd love to hear your experiences and what you think can be done to solve the problems.

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Renters do vote. They have just changed the way voting registration is done. You don't need to wait for that piece of paper anymore - you just do it online. That's much easier to monitor/keep up to date. And many people - even renters - will register to vote to make sure they keep a good bill of health from a credit score point of view.


You once again run the complete political spectrum from the far left to the extreme far left.

Living in dense, high rise buildings is not very nice, yet everyone can't live on the Upper Mall in Chiswick or in Shoreditch.

The answer is usually never more regulation. Especially when more regulation excludes the policies liniting building in height and in the famous green belt

Livijng in central London is not a human right, and thinking of moving people living on state incomes out of the city is a radical, yet very unpopular idea. Yet it would unquestionably be cheaper than buying or renting in some of the most expensive areas in the world, and it would free up space for the rest.

Upgrading the infrastructure, especially high speed railroad would expand the real London far beyond the M25.

If you were to cut rail travel times between the south coast and London in half, people could ive in spacious housing close to the sea and yet work in London and enjoy all the culture London has to offer. Spending a lot of time getting to the station, and then getting into London and back, with the third world rail system is not sustainable for families.


Oh good, another 'expert' going off on one about all the nasty farming that contributes to the minor matter of feeding people. If you take farmland out of use, from where do you get the replacement food? Why not build on golf courses instead? Plenty of those about, and they're doing a lot less for anyone's benefit.

But let's say that the housing requirement is met by building in rural areas. Out of interest, how are all the people who suddenly live there going to:
a) get to their jobs, given the almost complete lack of rational public transport outside London,
b) pay for houses, given the Tories' recent removal of the requirement to provide affordable units in developments of fewer than 10 properties?
c) get around to non job stuff outside 9-5 < goes off on TL;DR rant, removed for brevity >.
Or is the idea to put more cars on the road?

There was NO sensible mention of environmental impact during either discussion, which I found extremely disappointing. I don't give a crap about the green belt, but I do care a lot about the environment. Even if this current election campaign has decided that it's the topic they mutually won't discuss, I had hoped for better from this 2-parter.

I'm also really surprised there was no discussion of the number of derelict properties standing empty in London. I know it wouldn't fix the overall problem, but if it was easier to for councils to purchase them compulsorily / sell them on for renovation (ideally to housing associations), it'd be a start. And the buildings and utilities are already there, which is a bonus.

Really, we need a part 3. This was a great start, but it was a bit too focussed on individuals rather than the bigger picture.


Me again. Excellent programme on the growth of cities since the coming of the railways, panel including (pre-MPdom) Tristram Hunt. Pretty relevant. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programme...