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1.94% of East Lindsey is Built on ... Building Plot Dilemma or Not?

Article Simon Jory 2018-01-15
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1.94% of East Lindsey is Built on ... 
Building Plot Dilemma or Not?

The fallout from the last Budget continues. The general feeling is that there isn't enough land to build the 300,000 houses Philip Hammond wants to build each year, and if you read the Daily Mail, you would be forgiven for thinking the Country was at bursting point, or is it?

It was 60 years ago the first satellite was launched (Sputnik). All the Superpowers have used them to take high definition pictures of each other for decades, but now satellites and their high-powered cameras are being used for more peaceful purposes. The European Environment Agency (EEA) have been taking high definition pictures of the UK from outer-space to give us a focused picture of what every corner of the Country really looks like... and the findings will come as a surprise.

The property market values are based on supply and demand. Over the last twenty or so years, there has been an imbalance in the British housing market, with demand outstripping supply, meaning the average value of a property in East Lindsey has risen by 262.16%, taking it from an average value of £47,300 in 1995 to £171,300 today.

1. What proportion of the whole of East Lindsey is built on?

1.94%

That surprised you, didn't it! In the study, land classified as 'urban fabric' defined as land which has between 50% and 100% of the land surface is built on, (meaning up to a half might be gardens or small parks, but the majority is built on).

2. How much land is intensively built on locally?

Of that amount mentioned above, how much of it is high-density urban fabric? (i.e. where 80% to 100% is built on - still leaving 20% for gardens) Less than 0.1% - again I bet that surprised you!

3. So how is the land used locally?

Industrial 0.13
Sports Facilities 1.68%
Arable Farmland 87.0%

...the rest being made up of various other minor types such as pastures, forests and waterways, etc.

Horncastle and the surrounding areas are greener than you might think. The assumption that vast bands of our local area have been concreted over doesn't stand up to inspection. However, the effect of housing undoubtedly spreads beyond its actual footprint, in terms of noise, pollution and roads.

I am not suggesting for one second we concrete over every inch of the area, but the bottom line is we, as a country, are growing at a quicker rate than the households we are building. I appreciate the emotional effect of housing is greater than other land use types because most of us spend the vast majority of our time surrounded by it. We live our lives driving along roads, walking on footpaths and working and living in buildings meaning we tend, as a result, to considerably overemphasise how much of it there is.

The bottom line is the local authorities are going to have to put their weight into building more homes for people to live in. There is going to have to be some give and take on both sides, otherwise house prices will continue to rise exponentially and in the future youngsters won't be able to buy their own home, meaning rents and demand for private rented accommodation will also grow exponentially.

Local area land usage

Sources:

  1. House Price Growth - Land Registry for your local authority
  2. Numbers from Dr Alasdair Rae from the Urban Studies and Planning Department at the University of Sheffield.

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