Data from last year’s census has shown that Greenwich borough saw a population increase of 34,543 – or 13.4 per cent – over the past decade.
Greenwich borough was third in London for increases behind Newham and Tower Hamlets. The number of additional people in Tower Hamlets was 56,204. Second was Newham at 43,116.
In percentage terms Greenwich was fifth highest.
Just outside the capital in Dartford there were also substantial increases in residents, the the total up 20 per cent in a decade.
The percentage rise of 13.4 per cent outstrips London as a whole, where the population rose 7.7 per cent adding 626,000 people.
Greenwich borough has been top five for new housing out of 32 London boroughs over the past decade, though has seen an increasing homelessness population with homeless households doubling from 2018 to 2021.
London councils have warned that numbers of people may be underestimated given London’s highly transient population.
Census results help on planning funding for services within an authority. New housing should also bring revenue locally via Section 106 and the Community Infrastructure Levy.
Population growth is likely to continue in Greenwich as the borough continues to see some of the highest levels of housebuilding in the capital.
In recent weeks I’ve been taking many more photos of various development sites capturing changes, though have been so busy there’s been little chance to upload them.
What may impact housing levels is sky-high inflation on materials and an economic downturn.
Even then, the population is hardly likely to fall, but it’ll be harder to catch and monitor as people in house and flat shares continue to move into more converted former family homes.
Stable housing makes it far easier to capture population changes and plan for services accordingly, and that’s something that isn’t in evidence for many.
You can view data on the census at the ONS website here.