In August last year, the London Assembly Housing Committee published the results from its new housing survey which looked into Londoners' housing situations. Almost half of Londoners who want to move home as a result of Covid, want to move out of the city. If this exodus actually materialises, the impact on the city, the economy and the housing market will be huge. Fewer people would mean less overcrowding and a more pleasant living and working environment for Londoners, but an exodus would devastate local neighbourhoods and communities. Interesting times.
Right from the beginning, the two principal factors informing and reimagining parents’ thinking were, first, the realisation that the London property boom meant their two-bed flat in Maida Vale or Earls Court could now be exchanged for, at the very least, a four-bedroom house with large garden and ‘amazing’ local amenities including NHS GPs and dentists, tennis and cricket clubs, clean air, the list goes on; and, secondly, ‘real community’ in which you actually know and socialise with your neighbours.