London’s population is projected to grow by 29 per cent over the next 25 years, according to the latest official regional population projections issued by the Office for National Statistics.
Within London, the population of Barking and Dagenham and Tower Hamlets are projected to grow by almost half. The population of one in three local authorities in London are projected to grow by about one third.
The populations of the East and South East regions are expected to grow by around one fifth.
Suzie Dunsmith, of the Office for National Statistics, said: “All regions of England are projected to see an increase in their population size over the next decade, with London, the East of England and South East projected to grow faster than the country as a whole. The population is also ageing, with all regions seeing a faster growth in those aged 65 and over than in younger age groups.”
Population Matters has produced a briefing and data summary on the basis of the figures. It has also produced model letters to help the public raise the figures and their implications with local media and political representatives.
Simon Ross, Chief Executive of Population Matters, a charity concerned with population size and environmental sustainability, has expressed concern about the population projections.
Commenting, he said: “These figures are a wake-up call. High rates of population growth are projected across many of England’s regions. This has substantial implications: people will be struggling even harder for school places, health services will be further stretched and the housing crisis will spiral even further out of control. And if these projections are right, it is not only affordability and quality of life that will suffer, but air quality, biodiversity and the wider environment.
“Policy makers must sit up and take notice. More must be done to educate, inform and raise awareness about the benefits of sustainable population and family size.”