Metropolitan Governance and Spatial Planning: Comparative Case Studies of European City-Regions

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The experience of Cardiff and Wales

Jeremy Alden


Spatial patterns of development within Wales

Whilst Cardiff is one of Europe's smallest capital cities, with a 1998 population of 321,000, the Cardiff metropolitan region has a population of 1.8 million and accounts for 62.1 per cent of the total population of Wales (2.9 million in 1998). The population of the individual unitary authorities within the metropolitan region is shown in table 5.1, and the location of the 22 unitary authorities in Wales in figure 5.1.

Table 5.1 Population of the 12 new Unitary Authorities comprising Cardiff and its metropolitan region

Unitary Authority

Population (1998) (thousands)

Cardiff

320.9

Rhondda Cynon Taff

240.4

Swansea

229.5

Caerphilly

169.6

Newport

139.2

Neath and Port Talbot

138.8

Bridgend

131.4

The Vale of Glamorgan

121.3

Torfaen

90.2

Monmouthshire

86.3

Blaenau Gwent

72.0

Merthyr Tydfil

57.0

Metropolitan Region

1,796.6

Source: Compiled by the author from Digest of Welsh Local Area Statistics 2000, The National Assembly for Wales, 2001

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