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The Thames Basin
Most developed part of the UK
Population of about 12 million
Covers an area of over 13,000km2
14 counties
58 district councils
33 local planning authorities
Tributaries are Cole, Lee, Kennet, Wey and Loddon
Region mostly in the West
Rural in character dominant land use is agriculture…

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Raising homes on stilts, building roads on embankments above flood level and
sacrificing large areas of Kent and Essex farmland to floodwaters during tidal
surge to prevent London defences being overwhelmed
High demand for housing in SE England due to large number of jobs in
London, continued in-migration of migrants…

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Cotswold Water Park is pressure point variety of developments which focus
on this environmentally sensitive area
Minerals extraction is focused on the CWP
The Park would not exist without its history of mineral workings
Supports wide diversity of wildlife and habitat features of acknowledged
national and international importance
Water areas…

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