On face value Southwold is a prosperous, popular and charming seaside town. Yet it is these very same qualities which are presenting the town its biggest ongoing challenge – it is a hugely desirable destination for second home owners. Over half of the towns properties are not permanently occupied, with many being used by the local holiday letting companies.
Yet this influx of wealthy migrants threatens the functionality of Southwold as a town which caters effectively to it’s locals. Rising house prices have forced local buyers out of the market, with only 8% of the homes in the town occupied by families. Services for locals are under strain, with the hospital recently closing, so too the police station, whilst the future of the primary school and library are uncertain.
A study considering the significant impact of the influx of holiday and second home owners and the subsequent process of gentrification. Students will use a selection of holiday home mapping, service surveys, environmental quality surveys, non-participant surveys and mood mapping as well as using data from Datashine
AQA: How urban change has created challenges
Edexcel: Causes of national migration and the impact on different parts of the city
OCR: Migration (national) and its impact on the city’s character
Primary Fieldwork can include:
- Holiday home mapping
- Service surveys
- Environmental quality surveys
- Non-participant surveys
- Fieldwork booklet
- Secondary data
- Classroom facilities
- Write-up A3 summary sheet