Youth of today are driving city’s growth

Lancaster city centre
Lancaster city centre

Lancaster has been ranked as the eighth most vibrant place to live and work in the UK.

The city has scored highly in a new list of England and Wales’ most vibrant urban areas, put together by information services company Experian.

The Inner City Vibrancy Report has revealed that Lancaster is one of several key cities outside London being driven forward by a young, affluent resident population.

Manchester has the most vibrant inner city, according to the research, with six London boroughs, Canterbury, Leeds and Lancaster all in the top 10.

The rankings identified 75 key urban areas across England and Wales based on 2011 Census data.

A 1km radius around the centre of each area was used for analysis.

Analysing and comparing 2001 and 2011 Census data, each of the centres were ranked on eight key characteristics covering the housing type, tenure, economic activity and the professional status of the population living within the area.

Experian said that “young well-educated people, often professionals as well as student populations are driving this growing inner city vibrancy”.

Coun Janice Hanson, cabinet member with responsibility for economic regeneration at Lancaster City Council, said: “These results are good news and consistent with recent evidence the council has commissioned to assist with its new Local Plan.

“To support and continue this vibrancy what the council now needs to do is take action to maintain a healthy working population.

“This means taking action to address our housing needs and retaining skills both from graduates at the district’s own universities and encouraging the return of some of our young people from other higher education institutions in larger cities.

“All of these issues are addressed in the forthcoming Local Plan.”

Plans to put Lancaster on the “international arts and cultural map” by the year 2020 were also recently launched.