An­other wave of Lon­don over­spill

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Decades af­ter a mil­lion peo­ple were urged to leave, the cap­i­tal is burst­ing again, re­ports Caro­line McGhie

Jamie Warner comes from a fam­ily who moved out of Lon­don to the Suf­folk town of Haver­hill in the Six­ties, the last time the cap­i­tal was stretched to burst­ing. Half a cen­tury on, work­ing as an es­tate agent, he finds him­self sell­ing houses to a fresh wave of new­com­ers look­ing for a bet­ter life and, cru­cially, af­ford­abil­ity. You can’t buy a three-bed­room semi with a garage in Lon­don for £230,000.

It is 50 years since, af­ter Haver­hill was des­ig­nated a Lon­don over­spill town, the first brick was laid on the Chalk­stone Es­tate, built to house the new ar­rivals. Lon­don County Coun­cil (later the Greater Lon­don Coun­cil)

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