The Campaign for Rural England says that if current targets are to be met in the next 12 years, more than 2,250 hectares of greenfield land – including areas of land currently designated as green belt – is set to be developed for housing every year. By 2020 this would mean the lose of 27,182 hectares, an area equivalent to over 36,000 football pitches or the city of Birmingham.
Gosh, horrors! So, umm, how much is that of however much green belt land there is?
Umm, there\’s apparently 16,766 square kilometres of it. 100 hectares to a sq kilometre…so the worry is about building, over the next 12 years, on less than 2% of green belt land.
Quite terrifying, I think you\’ll have to agree.
Note please that I\’ve only used green belt land, while the actual complaint is about greenfield, a hugely larger number.
Britain is losing more than 2,250 hectares of greenfield land every year, according to new figures, resulting in the loss of an area the size of Birmingham by 2020.
That does open up an intruiging solution. Build where people want to live of course, then balance it by doing a Carthage on Birmingham. Everyone\’s then happy, no?