In a Government produced report, ‘Housing and Planning Statistics 2010’,* it is revealed there were 21.5 million households in England in 2008-09: 14.6 million owner-occupiers; 3.8 million social renters; and 3.1 million private renters. The number of households is projected to rise by 5.8 million from 2008 to 2033, an increase of 232,000 per year on average reaching 27.5 million in 2033.
In my opinion the effects of the increase will bring about devastating changes to our countryside, not only because of virgin land being taken for urban development, but for additional job-related industrial complexes, trading outlets, out-of-town shopping malls and concomitant infrastructure, roads and rail etc. Extra sources of energy in the form of power stations, wind generators, solar farms and fracking units will be required to keep up with increased demand – all of these sources requiring land.
The answer to reducing the demand for more land would appear to be insoluble, but certain things could be done to mitigate the impact of encroachment, such as voluntary reduction of family size, i.e., no more than two children, preferably one; proper control of immigration and the building of high-rise accommodation, ideally on brownfield sites.
*Housing and Planning Statistics 2010
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