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PLACE/Ladywell housing project, London: A temporary local project with Metropolitan impacts

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ali MadanipourORCiD, Dr Elizabeth BrooksORCiD, Emeritus Professor Mark Shucksmith OBE



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This chapter explores the spatial justice impacts of a temporary housing scheme in the London Borough of Lewisham. Based on its 60 year economic model and the initial cross-scalar impacts in terms of planned replications at borough and regional levels, the PLACE/Ladywell scheme is ideally placed as a model for examining interwoven intergenerational/chronological issues and territorial/boundary issues in relation to spatial justice. Additionally in its focus on the cash-strapped social housing sector in London, the study is able to illustrate the all-importance of the changing political and economic contexts for the ultimate impacts of such place-based interventions. After a thumbnail sketch of the scheme and the main features of its location in London, we present an account of the neighbourhood, borough-wide and regional (Greater London) impacts of the scheme at two time-points: its origins (2015-16) and its initial implementation (2016-17). We then move on to explore the scheme's chronological spatial justice aspects at each scale from 2018 to the present day. Finally, we review the longer term prospects for its main intended beneficiaries, the homeless, as well as for the neighbourhood, borough and region. The chapter concludes with a reflection on the magnification, distortion and contraction of the justice impacts of a scheme such as PLACE/Ladywell across space and over time.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Madanipour A, Brooks E, Shucksmith M

Editor(s): Fritsch M; Kahila P; Nemeth S; Scott JW;

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Spatial Justice and Cohesion: The Role of Place-Based Action in Community Development

Year: 2024

Pages: 160-182

Print publication date: 01/01/2024

Online publication date: 31/08/2023

Acceptance date: 31/03/2023

Series Title: Regions and Cities

Publisher: Routledge

Place Published: London and New York


DOI: 10.4324/9781003229681-13

Notes: 9781003229681 ebook ISBN.

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ISBN: 9781032135236