Southwark regeneration 'prompts social cleansing fears'

An article which says that urban renewal in the London Borough of Sothwark has prompted 'social cleansing fears' features in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian reports that the London borough "is battling to bridge the gap between its working-class residents and an influx of well-heeled investors". An article says: "Like much of inner London, Southwark has experienced long-term gentrification, starting with artists moving in in search of cheap properties – film-maker Derek Jarman lived in a squat and shot much of his 1978 punk rock movie Jubilee there – followed by young professionals, then bankers. Planning policies, with housing at their core, can both exploit and regulate these trends. But arguments continue about the trade-offs and choices made."

The Financial Times (subscription required) reports that London’s luxury property developers "are facing construction delays and rising costs at a time when prices appear to be peaking, raising a prospect of a market glut". The newspaper says "capacity constraints in the building industry mean that developers face higher costs, quality problems or delays in completing their work, according to the research".

The Times (subscription required) reports that birth rates in parts of the UK "are among the highest in the EU as the impact of large-scale migration helps to raise the number of babies being born, according to figures published yesterday". The newspaper says that, along with having some of the highest birth rates recorded, "one part of Lancashire also has one of the highest proportions of under-15s. Blackburn and Darwen was among the top four areas of the EU for under-15s, with 22.2 per cent of its population being under that age in 2013", the newspaper says.

The Times (subscription required) also reports that London has beaten New York and Paris "as the best place in the world to work". The newspaper says that in a poll of 200,000 people from 189 countries, "one in six people said that they would like a job in the British capital, while the UK as a whole came second to the United States".

The Guardian reports that the Liberal Democrats "are expected to show support for the expansion of Gatwick airport, saying an extra runway could meet the party’s long-standing environmental criteria". The newspaper says that Ed Davey, the energy and climate change secretary, "said he would back an amendment supporting Gatwick expansion at the party’s annual conference on Tuesday morning".

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