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Fears over impact on local economy of the New Forest's ageing population
1:50pm Monday 25th February 2013 in News
WARNINGS about the dwindling working-age population of the New Forest have been issued.
The warning follows an analysis of the 2011 Census.
CLA surveyor Tim Broomhead said: “The statistics regarding the other national parks in the UK show that retaining young families living and working in what are often remote rural communities is a real challenge.
“Retirement villages will not generate the economic activity essential to the maintenance and management of the countryside – future planning policies in national parks must recognise the need for affordable housing, for jobs and accessible services.”