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Population change in England since 1981: is an ‘urban renaissance’ really underway?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Anthony Champion



It is almost 10 years since the UK government published Towards an Urban Renaissance. This paper assesses the extent to which a turnaround in the fortunes of English cities has occurred in recent years, using population estimates for 1981-2006. Population change rates are compared over time for 56 cities defined on the principle of built-up urban area and for a 10-fold classification of England based on settlement size and regional location. In aggregate, urban England is found to have achieved a steady acceleration in growth over the 25-year period, but since the early 1990s this has merely been tracking the national trend with no diminution in the growth-rate gap with the faster growing towns and rural areas. Also, a major contrast exists between London and the principal regional centres.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Champion T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Geocarrefour

Year: 2008

Volume: 83

Issue: 2

Pages: 79-86

Print publication date: 01/12/2008

Date deposited: 30/10/2008

ISSN (print): 1627-4873

ISSN (electronic): 1960-601X

Publisher: Association des Amis de la Revue de Geographie de Lyon