Another wave of London overspill
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)