School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
The empirical research is being conducted in three case-study areas in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. Each study area is delineated by local government ward boundaries. A summary of results from each study area will be available from March 2011.
The Isle of Bute.
Disserth & Trecoed and Howey wards in Radnorshire, Powys.
Glendun and Carnlough wards in the Glens of Antrim.
Each study area recorded above average rates of in-migration of the pre-retired age cohort at the 2001 Census. In their national context, each area is officially categorised by the respective Government as having a remote, rural and/or dispersed population and settlement structure.
Whilst at a UK level the balance of processes contributing to population change differ between the study areas, all areas share in common a history of selective out-migration of the younger age-cohorts, fragile economic structures, challenges to the provision of services and outstanding natural landscapes.
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