Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Britain is NOT a crowded island
You can download a spreadsheet from this site showing how land in England is used (you have to insert your own totals at the top of the columns). Land use is broadly as follows: homes and gardens 5.4%, non-domestic buildings 0.7%, roads, paths, railways 2.4%, 'other' 1.4%. Yup, only 9.9% of England, supposedly "the most crowded nation in Europe" has been built on or developed. 90.1% is either 'green spaces' (mainly farmland or forests) and 2.6% is water. If you do a guesstimate for the UK as a whole, only about 6.4% is built on or developed. So forgive me if I fail to go into a palpitations when somebody suggests building a few more houses or an airport or power station or something.