Building a Fanbase – football and housing

Football grounds 2 (2)There are plenty of reasons to welcome new housing in our neighbourhood. It’s a fundamental human need, and one we’re uncomfortably short of.

But here’s one reason you may not have considered – more homes could be just what your local football club needs to gain an edge over its rivals.

Here I look at which football clubs have the fastest growing local population, and future fanbase.

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England’s Southward tilt

2014-based 20yr growthEngland’s population is shifting further south according to the latest official population projections. The overall population is growing fast, and growing almost everywhere, but the growth is disproportionately in London and the South East.

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Household Forecasts, and why they matter

2012-based SNHP

New household forecasts are one of those dry-sounding statistical releases that hide profound and challenging issues for all of us.

Last week’s projections from the Department for Communities and Local Government will affect where we live, and how. And countless local planning battles over these numbers, up and down the country, will determine whether we have any chance of solving the housing crisis.

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London Reborn

Operation_Pied_PiperOn January 6th 2015, or thereabouts, London hits an extraordinary milestone – the population finally catches up with its 1939 peak population – from now on it will be an all-time high. Has any other city in history bounced back from losing two and a quarter million people?

Seventy five years on: same population, but an utterly different city. Here I take a look at how things have changed.

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Is London too small?

London's dormitory belt

Is it time to redraw the map of London to reflect the reality of its huge economic pull on the wider south-east? New data released last week shows what an even “greater” London might look like.

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Is Central London really “Hollowing Out”?

Kensington terrace

Is London really “hollowing out”, as the international super-rich use a Chelsea address as an asset class, not a place to live? The idea gained momentum when the Census revealed the population of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) had fallen, leading to stories of “lights-out London”, but the reality is more subtle.

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The True Scale of the Housing Crisis

HousebuildingThe trouble with a housing crisis is that it unfolds in slow motion, over a generation, so we risk acting too late. In this post I’ve used historical and international comparisons to highlight the scale of the catastrophe we’re creating.

The bottom-line is that Britain is now experiencing the highest population growth in its entire history. Yet we are meeting this need with the lowest peacetime housebuilding rates in nearly a hundred years.

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London’s Green Belt

London Green Belt MapThe Green Belt has an iconic status as one of the great successes of planning and preservation. But in the last year this sacred status has begun to be challenged more and more publicly, particularly in London.

The map shown here (which includes newly released data), is intended to put the debate into perspective, showing the Green Belt alongside London’s economic geography. You can click on the map for a more detailed version, and read more about it below.

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