Population growth benefits developers
Dear Sir, — I have been writing for some years with regards to my concerns about population density.
In today’s Press (Tuesday) it stated that UK growth would outstrip the eurozone. Obviously this referred to economic growth, but, alas, it should also refer to the UK’s population growth.
This population explosion is, I feel, responsible for the demands, thus failures, in our infrastructure, our schools, doctors and hospitals etc.
The problem is exacerbated by the fact that everything here is free — this is not so in the EU.
The papers also mentioned housing demand and that developers/builders were not contributing to our schools or hospitals. It was interesting to read, but not a brainteaser — developers were sitting on land and selling it. Two of the articles said that this was making it impossible to build affordable homes, so is it any surprise that new developments were then described as being full of houses and tarmac?
This is related to agricultural land being in the region of £21,000 per hectare, but with planning permission this rises to about £5m — one hectare being approximately 2.47 acres.
Not considering cost, when I was first on the housing ladder, a “reasonable”, detached property was built on a fifth of an acre. Is it any wonder that houses nowadays seem to be close to each other with garages that will allow a car to get inside, but once inside you cannot get out, have smaller rooms, one (two if you are lucky) outside parking spaces and small gardens in fact, tiny front gardens?
My parents lived in a council house, built in the mid-50s, and their house had adequate frontage, back garden and suitably sized rooms, not to mention that it was not built so close to the opposite house that privacy and access was a problem.
I have experience of recently being on the housing market and I found that nearly all the affordable developments were far too compact and a home that I would brand as suitable was considerably beyond my means.
The UK economic growth may be greater than the EU, but, in addition, the UK population growth is definitely greater than the population growth in the EU. This is not to the UK’s benefit. May I say, this is of no benefit of the people of the UK and, in my opinion, is only benefiting the few, especially the developers. — Yours faithfully,