Commission on Intermediate Housing

The Commission on Intermediate Housing was set up by Centre for London to investigate the strengths and weaknesses of current housing policies. The Commission focused on those on middle incomes and made recommendations as to how London can best meet the challenge of providing housing which this group can afford.

The Commission on Intermediate Housing commissioned original data analysis as well as reviewing existing analysis, interviewing experts and examining case studies.

Commissioners drew on this research to develop a consensus on the justification for intermediate housing and the public subsidy it usually involves, the costs and benefits of various approaches to intermediate housing, and what more could be done to improve the provision of intermediate housing in London.

The Commission was jointly chaired by Cllr Rock Feilding-Mellen, Deputy Leader, Kensington and Chelsea and Cllr Claire Kober, Leader, Haringey.

The Commissioners met three times between May and August 2015 to define the scope of the research, discuss evidence, and to draw up recommendations. Our Commissioners brought together a wide range of expertise and experience. They included senior representatives from local government, housing associations, housing charities, large private and public sector employers, financial services and developers, and academic experts.

The Commissioners were:

  • Kate Allen, Property Correspondent, Financial Times – in a personal capacity
  • Mark Boleat, Policy Chairman, City of London Corporation
  • Bill Davies, Research Fellow, IPPR
  • Martyn Evans, Creative Director, Cathedral Group
  • Keith Exford, Chief Executive, Affinity Sutton
  • Cllr Rock Feilding-Mellen, Deputy Leader, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Robert Grundy. Head of Housing, Savills
  • Cllr Claire Kober, Leader, London Borough of Haringey
  • Ben Morrin, Director of Workforce, University College London Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Tony Oakley, Head of Social Housing, Lloyds Banking
  • Jamie Ratcliff, Assistant Director – Programme, Policy & Services, Housing and Land, GLA
  • Pete Redman, TradeRisks Ltd
  • Campbell Robb, Chief Executive, Shelter
  • Paul Smee, Director General, Council of Mortgage Lenders
  • Christine Whitehead, Emeritus Professor of Housing Economics, LSE
  • Ben Rogers, Director, Centre for London