Zoom Meeting: Discussion on Local Authority Housing Provision

Saturday April 30th, open 1.45 p.m. For 2 p.m. start

Speakers: Janice Morphet/Ben Clifford and Joe Penny

Janice Morphet and Ben Clifford have researched direct delivery of housing by councils. They

“found that in comparison with 2017 and 2019, the number of councils with companies, which may include housing companies and property companies of various forms and objectives, has increased from 58% in 2017, 78% in 2019 to 83% in 2021. Within these figures, there is an amount of churn with council companies, opening, closing and re-opening. This increase in the number of council companies may relate to the increasing use of JVs to deliver housing and this has increased from 57% in 2019 to 72% in 2021.”

Janice and Ben will talk on “How councils are providing homes again”

You can read their Third Report on Local Authority Direct Provision of Housing here

Joe Penny has researched Local Housing Companies in London. He says that

“Local housing companies constitute the softer and more social end of real estate development. But, this does not mean that local housing companies are autonomous vehicles free to operate outside of market logics and exigencies. Local housing companies operate with a constrained and contingent autonomy shaped and delimited by the same speculative logics that they reflect and reproduce. To be financially viable local housing companies operate first and foremost as financial landowners. Producing only a modest amount of genuinely affordable social housing, they initiate state-led gentrification, erode security of tenure for council tenants, and produce anew conditions of residential alienation.”

Joe will talk about “Local housing companies and the limits of land value capture in London”

“Revenue Generating Machines”? London’s Local Housing Companies and the Emergence of Local State Rentierism – Penny – 2022 – Antipode – Wiley Online Library

Demolishing the Present to Sell off the Future? The Emergence of ‘Financialized Municipal Entrepreneurialism’ in London – Beswick – 2018 – International Journal of Urban and Regional Research – Wiley Online Library

Here is the Zoom link:

Topic: LC4CH

Time: Apr 30, 2022 01:45 PM London

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Meeting ID:895 5530 8668

Passcode: 841729

Speaker biographies

Dr Janice Morphet is a Visiting Professor in the Bartlett School of Planning at UCL and is a Design Council Built Environment Expert. Janice was a member of the Planning Committee of the London 2012 Olympic Games. She was a Senior Adviser on local government at DCLG 2000-2005, having been Chief Executive of Rutland CC, Director of Technical Services at Woking, and Professorial Head of the School of Planning and Landscape at Birmingham Polytechnic. Janice has been a trustee of the RTPI and TCPA. Janice’s recent books are Applying Leadership and Management in Planning: Theory and practice (2015), Infrastructure Delivery Planning: an effective practice approach (2016), Beyond Brexit (2017) and Changing Contexts in Spatial Planning (2018). Her recent research with Dr Ben Clifford includes 3 projects on Local Authority Direct Provision of Housing (December 2017/July 2019/2021) and two on 2008 Planning Act for NIPA (2017/2019). They have also written Reviving local authority housing delivery: challenging austerity through municipal entrepreneurialism was published in November 2020 by Policy Press. Janice’s most recent books are Outsourcing in the UK (2021) and The Impact of COVID-19 on Devolution (2021).

Dr Ben Clifford is Associate Professor in the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL. His research focusses on the relationship between governance, the state and planning in the UK, including planning reform and reregulation, devolution and local government modernisation. He is responsible for leading postgraduate taught education within the Bartlett School of Planning.

Dr Joe Penny is a Lecturer in Global Urbanism at the UCL Urban Laboratory, Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL. His research explores how processes of austerity and financialization are governed and contested in London, focusing on public land, council housing, and social infrastructure.

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