Published: 29th February 2016

Today Quod, in partnership with homelessness charity Shelter, published their report on the future of house building in London, examining the options on where to build.  The report, When brownfield isn’t enough featured on the front page of today’s Evening standard.

London needs to double the number of homes being built. The next mayor must deliver nearly half a million new homes over two terms. The challenge is where to fit them. We cannot carry on as we are and expect housing delivery to double. We have to change things if we want enough homes. The level of housebuilding we need now has only been (briefly) achieved twice in the past – once through major public investment in council housing, and once through major expansion on greenfield land. Throughout London’s history, the private sector has never built more than 18,000 homes a year on brownfield land.

The Quod/Shelter report looks at all the options the new mayor will face, including:

  • Brownfield redevelopment
  • Tall buildings
  • Greenbelt
  • Garden Cities
  • Estate redevelopment
  • Adding density to the suburbs
  • Transport corridors
  • High density town centres

Every option we rule out, means pushing the remaining options to further extremes, and increasing the likelihood of failure.

For your copy of the report please follow this link.