LSE London’s Ian Gordon and Christine Whitehead, with population geographer Tony Champion, and housing specialist Neil McDonald have newly published research arguing that, with tight constraints on housing development in the ring around London, impacts of growing demand for space inside the city are channeled out to the more distant parts of the Wider South East (WSE), and a fringe belt beyond that.
They also point to the underlying roles of rising incomes and international migration in driving this process, and of overcrowding as a buffer to it – with real uncertainties about how each of these factors will operate in the future.
The research report, covering migration influences and population dynamics across the WSE, was undertaken for the East of England Local Government Association, with the aim of providing a wider understanding of how areas inside and outside London interact. It is meant to help local and regional bodies collaborate on strategic issues of common concern, and respond in an informed way to issues raised by the new London Plan, currently out for consultation.
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