Reconceptualising 21st century suburbs. Character, context, and growth pressures in London’s Outer Boroughs

Additional Team Members - Dr Lucy Natarajan

In March 2020, a Suburban Taskforce was established with the goal of shedding light on the nature of 21st century British suburbs and identifying long-term strategies and policies to support suburban areas. This Taskforce was formed from a cross-party group of politicians, with University College London (UCL) as a Knowledge Partner, supported by an Advisory Board and informed by a public consultation, which ran from August to October 2020. This article draws upon the qualitative and quantitative evidence gathered during this initiative and unpacks conceptual and empirical observations linked to the character of suburbs and their relationship to urban areas.