Azara Blog: Cambridge should allegedly grow to over 300k people by 2031

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Date published: 2009/01/16

The Cambridge News says:

Cambridge could become a city of between 300,000 and 400,000 people by 2031 to support huge economic and population growth, planners said today.

A new town of more than 20,000 homes on the site of the disused Alconbury airfield has also been proposed by consultants working for the East of England Regional Assembly (EERA).

The plans have been criticised as "premature" given the current economic and housing slump, but EERA said long-term growth is expected to return, and that Cambridgeshire needs to be prepared for it.

Cambridge has already been earmarked for significant growth over the next 20 years.

The population projections include outlying villages such as Fulbourn and Histon and have been drawn up to test the scale of growth that would be required to keep up with economic development, and commitments to providing affordable housing.

Cambridge has been picked out alongside Norwich and Chelmsford as a tier of "regional cities" able to compete with major centres elsewhere in the UK.

But the report concedes it would be difficult for Cambridge to grow at a faster rate than has already been outlined.

This is just someone having a laugh. Cambridge today has around 110k people, so they are talking about tripling it and more, all in twenty years or so. Cambridge has never grown anything like that in recent history. Cambridge has been built on almost to its boundaries. So if they want to expand the boundary and suck a few more villages into what is called Cambridge then possibly they might be able to get to those numbers.

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