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Counter Urbanisation
PRAAG, ADAM AND HARRISON
What is counter-urbanisation?
 Movement of urban dwellers and services to
rural-urban fringe or rural areas- differs from
suburbanisation due to clear break from urban
area.
Counter urbanisation
CITIES SUBURBAN
VILLAGES
Key facts about Headcorn
 The population of Headcorn is 3,300
 The parish is located on the flood plan on the river Beult
 This is to the South East of Maidstone
 Headcorn is a thriving community with an attractive high street, a £1.4
million village hall and many public amenities like pubs.
Headcorn is a Suburbanised village
Original village core
Old housing areas
Ribbon development housing
Infilling on green spacing for housing estates
Individual property renovations
The causes of counter-urbanisation in
Headcorn
 There is a variety of businesses including many shops that offer an array of
services
 Many clubs and societies operate in the village hall
 There is a popular farmers market
 A farmers market is one where farmers and growers sell their products to
consumers directly
 There is a local primary school and good links into Maidstone
 There are also strong transport links into London and Ashford Int’l
 It is a traditional, attractive village with ‘Kentish charm’.
Farmers market
Strong links to Maidstone
and Ashford International
Kentish charm
Headcorn Primary school
£1.4 million renovation
The effects of counter urbanisation in
Headcorn
 More upmarket retailers and servicers moved into the High Street
 It adopted the suburbanised village layout and development process
 House prices have trebled in the last 10 years (£114,000 in 2000 to £400,000 in
2011)
 Rail services have increased
 There is an influx of wealthy, middle class families
 One section of community is ageing with an outmigration of young, working
ages
 25% of the community commutes to London
 Growing disparity in wealth
 Pressure on new housing developments
“Headcorn matters”: Key points
 Too many houses were proposed, the village wants fewer than 250
 Sites too big and unsustainable, village wants individual developments to
be no more than 30 houses
 Don’t want predetermined sites, village wants to determine where
development goes via Neighbourhood Plan
 Wrong infrastructure priorities, sewage and parking are more important
than signage and station upgrades
 Maidstone borough council needs to work with local communities
particularly in rural areas, to understand priorities
 Also, the MBC evidence is poor and needs improving (particularly on the
number of houses needed)
Headcorn’s Neighbourhood plan
 Headcorn created a 100 page document setting out the details for
proposed policies in Headcorn.
 This was put in place to shape the future of Headcorn Parish from now
until 2031.
Summary of Headcorn’s
neighbourhood plan
 They want to maintain a sense of being a country village, with a strong
local community
 Support a vibrant local economy, based around the high street, leisure
tourism
 Ensure that there is a robust framework governing development in the
countryside around Headcorn that will support both local needs and the
benefits villagers receive from being surrounded by a beautiful countryside
 Ensure development in the Parish is managed in a way that is well
designed; promotes small scale development; is sustainable; is capable of
meeting the needs of local residents in different age groups and family
units; and is keeping with the village setting.
Headcorn’s vision
 “Our vision is for Headcorn to continue to thrive as a friendly, rural village
community with a strong local economy…”
Any questions?

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Counter urbanisation Human Geography

  • 2. What is counter-urbanisation?  Movement of urban dwellers and services to rural-urban fringe or rural areas- differs from suburbanisation due to clear break from urban area.
  • 4. Key facts about Headcorn  The population of Headcorn is 3,300  The parish is located on the flood plan on the river Beult  This is to the South East of Maidstone  Headcorn is a thriving community with an attractive high street, a £1.4 million village hall and many public amenities like pubs.
  • 5. Headcorn is a Suburbanised village Original village core Old housing areas Ribbon development housing Infilling on green spacing for housing estates Individual property renovations
  • 6. The causes of counter-urbanisation in Headcorn  There is a variety of businesses including many shops that offer an array of services  Many clubs and societies operate in the village hall  There is a popular farmers market  A farmers market is one where farmers and growers sell their products to consumers directly  There is a local primary school and good links into Maidstone  There are also strong transport links into London and Ashford Int’l  It is a traditional, attractive village with ‘Kentish charm’.
  • 7. Farmers market Strong links to Maidstone and Ashford International Kentish charm Headcorn Primary school
  • 9. The effects of counter urbanisation in Headcorn  More upmarket retailers and servicers moved into the High Street  It adopted the suburbanised village layout and development process  House prices have trebled in the last 10 years (£114,000 in 2000 to £400,000 in 2011)  Rail services have increased  There is an influx of wealthy, middle class families  One section of community is ageing with an outmigration of young, working ages  25% of the community commutes to London  Growing disparity in wealth  Pressure on new housing developments
  • 10. “Headcorn matters”: Key points  Too many houses were proposed, the village wants fewer than 250  Sites too big and unsustainable, village wants individual developments to be no more than 30 houses  Don’t want predetermined sites, village wants to determine where development goes via Neighbourhood Plan  Wrong infrastructure priorities, sewage and parking are more important than signage and station upgrades  Maidstone borough council needs to work with local communities particularly in rural areas, to understand priorities  Also, the MBC evidence is poor and needs improving (particularly on the number of houses needed)
  • 11. Headcorn’s Neighbourhood plan  Headcorn created a 100 page document setting out the details for proposed policies in Headcorn.  This was put in place to shape the future of Headcorn Parish from now until 2031.
  • 12. Summary of Headcorn’s neighbourhood plan  They want to maintain a sense of being a country village, with a strong local community  Support a vibrant local economy, based around the high street, leisure tourism  Ensure that there is a robust framework governing development in the countryside around Headcorn that will support both local needs and the benefits villagers receive from being surrounded by a beautiful countryside  Ensure development in the Parish is managed in a way that is well designed; promotes small scale development; is sustainable; is capable of meeting the needs of local residents in different age groups and family units; and is keeping with the village setting.
  • 13. Headcorn’s vision  “Our vision is for Headcorn to continue to thrive as a friendly, rural village community with a strong local economy…”