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last updated: October 5, 2005


London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and the largest city with over 7 million people in the Greater London area. The governance of London is fragmented. Although there is now a Mayor with London-wide responsibilities these are largely strategic and enabling and do not involve service delivery. Consequently, his role is relatively restricted and the major policies in relation to housing, planning and regeneration remain the responsibility of 32 London boroughs (and the City of London).

London has the highest proportion of high-rise properties of any British city and these are particularly prominent in inner-London. For this study we propose to take a group of estates in an inner-London borough to highlight different policy problems and responses.