England’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.
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.
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.
The 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.
What’s going on and what does it mean for city planners?
Unpredicted and unannounced Britain now finds itself right in the middle of an extraordinary new baby boom, a fresh bulge-generation that will help shape our country for the rest of the 21st Century. Has Britain cheated demographic destiny?