Just over a quarter of The London Borough of Barnet residents belong to ethnic groupings other than white. This is an increase from the 18% witnessed ten years ago.
The London Borough of Barnet has the largest number of Chinese residents of any London borough and the highest proportion of Jewish residents of any local authority in England and Wales. The London Borough of Barnet has the twelfth largest number of residents belonging to ethnic minority groups in London. Not surprisingly, Barnet has eight different links with other towns around the world in France, Uganda, Germany, Cyprus, USA and Israel. The links have been established to promote cultural, social and educational links between areas, and also to encourage trade links leading to economic benefits where appropriate. (http://www.emma.tv/community/london_boroughs/profiles/barnet_profile.aspx)
Housing is a strategic topic for town planning and can be a determining factor in people's quality of life. With the increase in population in Barnet, there is increasing pressure to provide new housing within the borough. Barnet's high quality environment is attracting people who seek to live here creating a demand for new dwellings. Barnet is also home to a lot of low-income, homeless, and gypsies. This calls for development of houses to suit the need of the people in this borough. To enable people to continue living in attractive
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surroundings and enjoy a satisfactory quality of life the provision of new housing needs to be balanced against maintaining and improving environmental quality.
As part of assessing the capacity of boroughs in London to accommodate the growth in households, GLA undertook a Housing Capacity Study that shows that provision will meet the demand from 1997 to 2016 (GLA, 2000). According to the study 17,780 dwellings is required to help meet the demand. The conventional provision of new housing will provide 14,780 dwellings in Barnet, of which 37% should be from large windfall sites, 23% from large sites, 20% from smaller sites, 15% from small conversions and 4% from office conversions. In addition 3,000 homes could be provided that are non-self contained, like HMOs, hostels, sheltered accommodation and student's halls of residence.
3.0 Greater London Authority, DMAG, 2001 Mid-Year Estimates
London Borough Populations: 1991-2001 (in thousands) (Inner London)
A comparison of 4 inner London boroughs shows that between 1991 to mid-2001 there is a great influx in the population of Barnet. While Barnet had a population of 299.9, in 1991, it shot to 315.3 in 2001, an increase of 154,000. Corydon, which had 319.2 in 1991 showed 331.5 in 2001, an increase of 123,000. This shows that there was a greater influx of people into Barnet than Corydon.
Table No.1 Comparison of population in 4 inner London Boroughs, including Barnet. The figures are in Thousands.
ONS Mid-year Estimates
The above table reflects the trend of movement of people in 4 boroughs of inner