Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013

Consequences of building more roads and houses

Grauniad: Hedgehog population in rapid decline

Hedgehog population is down from over 36 million in 1950s to less than 1 million today. Causes include habitat loss and fragmentation due to development, including housing and roadbuilding. (So, need to preserve the greenbelt and get house prices down by credit controls, LVT and higher interest rates. Not the thoughtless response of just building more houses anywhere.) Cue derision from car lovers and people who think house prices are high because of supply shortage.

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2. khards said...

Hedgehogs are only here because we built the towns and cities in the first place, they would never survive in such numbers in the open country side. They are just pests living off insects that eat scraps humans throw out.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 11:59AM Report Comment
 

3. nickb said...

Khards
There was not open countryside before us; in fact there was forest, no?
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:18PM Report Comment
 

4. drewster said...

Ok then, don't build on the green belt: build upwards instead. London's suburbs consist almost exclusively of 2-3 storey terraced houses. By contrast many European cities (Paris, Amsterdam) have 6-7 floors, and no wasteful garden space.

London's back and front gardens really are a criminal waste of precious space. Revealed preferences show many front gardens simply get turned into car and wheelie-bin parking; while back gardens are crammed full of sheds illegally housing immigrants. If your garden is covered in decking then you might as well live in a flat with a balcony. Even the nicest gardens are only usable for half the year when the rain isn't pouring down.

But no, our planning rules mean you can't so much as add a floor before the next door neighbour complains about his "human right to unobstructed sunlight". Let's tear up the damn rulebook!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 01:43PM Report Comment
 

5. jack c said...

The Hedgehog has been adversely affected in recent years by people building fences/walls between gardens (that's where the garden still exists and hasn't been block paved or decked of course). I have Hedgehogs nesting in my garden year on year as I maintain a suitable environment for them. The decline in the bee population is much more concerning and suggests to me we will get a "Planet Earth Crash" before we get a UK House price Crash !

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 02:04PM Report Comment
 

6. mark said...

it is more likely the use of slug pellets

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 02:10PM Report Comment
 

7. khards said...

Lets face it, no one cares about the hedgehogs its all about protecting peoples property equity.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 04:37PM Report Comment
 

8. libertas said...

Bird populations are also collapsing.

Since the percentage of developed land has not significantly grown, I am left blaming the collapse in insect populations. If you drove in the summer in the 1950's your windshield would be covered with splatted insects. Now, nothing.

Two major causes. Pesticides and, has anybody noticed less insect splats since the late 1990's? That is when they commenced mass scale geo-engineering. Spraying nano-particles into the atmosphere to affect local and global weather patterns.

So many articles on it that The Guardian has a news archive on the topic: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/geoengineering

But do not worry, they will blame you and think of another tax to deal with the fallout.





Wednesday, January 30, 2013 08:04PM Report Comment
 

9. libertas said...

Hardly ANY roads have been built for 50years, with the exception of motorways and a few dual carriageways!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 08:45PM Report Comment
 

10. nickb said...

Libertas,
Have you got any data to back up these assertions, or is it all hot air from you as usual?
N

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