9,600 people live in each square mile of Falmouth, it’s no wonder we appear to be bursting at the seams!
Yet, the issue at hand is, we need more homes building. In 2007, Tony Blair set a target that 240,000 homes a year needed to be built to keep up with the population growth, whilst the Tory’s new target since 2010 was a more modest 200,000 a year. However, since 2010, as a country, we have only been building between 140,000 and 150,000 houses a year. In 2016 the total housing deficit stands at 1.2 million homes. So where are we going to build these homes .. because we have no space! Or do we?
Well, let me tell you this fascinating piece of information I found out recently in an official England is the most densely populated major country within the EU.
That is not a typo, only one point one per cent (1.1%) of land in England is covered by residential property. In more detail, of all the land in the Country -
This leaves 88.5% as Open Countryside (and if you think about it, add to that the gardens, which are green spaces, and the country is 92.8% green space)
1,065 people a square mile is from the Office of National Stats
Occupation Levels from Census
HM Government Report Technical Report of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment 2011
Population Density - Daily Mail Online
Housing deficit figures mortgage solution