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108: UK hotspots in 2007


By popular demand, the team can report the 2007 Hotspots for Britain. The tabulation is based on research and analysis of 10 years of trends, plus forward forecasting based on socio-economic changes, infra-structure developments and demographics.800,000 people are due toswell London's population inthe next 10 years - we don't see500,000 homes being built though. The GDP growth of 3-4% with services sector private jobs growth and less reliance on public sector and manufacturing jobs than the northsupports a forecast of robust capital value increases in the next 5-10 yearsin the London area. Immigration, inward investment, the Olympics andtransportimprovements will also benefitmost of East London.West London's popularity will likely increase withwealthy foreigners settling and bankers-finance people. These high net worth individuals want to live in nice areas, with restaurants, nightlife, good schools, safe neighbourhoodswith proximity to West End, City and Docklands work areas.Hence, most hotspots are near the city centre where most of the wealth is created.

Popular and regenerating coastal holiday towns will also do well - asmoney ripples from London.

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2007 UK Hot Spots -
London Reasons Rating
Stratford - Plaistow Olympics, new Eurostar station, regeneration, retail 9
Elephant & Castle Proximity to City, West End, regeneration 9
Bow - Bow Church - Shoreditch Olympics, proximity to City, Stratford, regeneration 9
Hackney - Hoxton Gentrification, Olympic effect, proximity to City & Stratford 9
London Bridge - Old Kent Rd Proximity to City, stations, night-life 9
Soho, Bloomsbury Midway West End/Mayfair and City - massive wealth, nightlife 9
West Kensington Spill over from Kensington - huge wealth/finance 9
Lambeth - South Bank Proximity to West End, mid-town, City and Docklands 9
Peckham (Queens Rd) East London tube station promised, distant Olympic effect 8
Limehouse Midway Docklands and City - jobs 8
Canada Water Regeneration of 1 billion, one stop to Canary Warf 8
Battersea Gentrification, proximity to Chelsea 8
Forest Hill - Catford East London Line extension opening late 2007 8
Royal Docks, Silvertown New DHL extension, city jobs, Olympic affect 8
Woolwich DHL extension due by ca. 2010, cheap, re-generation 8
Bayswater Proximity to West End, Notting Hill, Hyde Park - good value 8
Kennington Gentrification, proximity to Westminster 8
White City - Shepherds Bush Retail development, regeneration proximity to West End 7
Clapham Gentrification, proximity to West End, City 7
Chelsea Wealthy international investors, city bonuses 7
South East
Gravesend - Northfleet - Southfleet New Eurostar station at Ebbsfleet 9
Folkestone Eurostar commute to Kings Cross in 2009 8
Ramsgate Fast commute to Kings Cross in 2009, nice harbour 8
Slough Jobs at Heathrow, T5, cheap, improving, hi-tech jobs, business 8
Ashford Eurostar commute to Kings Cross in 2009 7
S Midlands
St Neots High-tech business, close to cambridge, A14 improvement 8
North, North West
Liverpool (L1, L3) European City of Culture, Duke St re-generation 6
Skinningrove Retiring wealthy baby-boomers from NE, regeneration 7
Bradford (BD1, BD3, BD5) City regeneration, proximity to Leeds - ripple effect 7
Leeds (L11 Holbeck) Regeneration, University Halls, proximity to finance district 7
South West
Portreath Regeneration, airport, beaches 9
Hayle On A30, rail, big harbour development, close to St Ives 9
Penzance-Newlyn Rail terminal, peninsula - warmest place in UK, scenery 8
Newquay Regeneration, proximity to Padstow and Truro, airport, A30 8
Plymouth Coast, city, train to London, cheap, babyboomers, harbour 8
Newport City centre start of regeneration, ripple affect from Cardiff 7
Gower - Swansea coast Holiday homes for Cardiff wealthy and English 7
Barry Holiday homes for Cardiff wealthy 6
Aberdeen, Stonehaven Oil boom, catch up since mid 1980s 7
Dundee Low prices, regenerating, nice countryside 7

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