There’s a really detailed article in today’s Guardian (or is it Observer since it’s a Sunday?) – discussing whether we should reduce the green belt to enable well-planned development and housing nearer cities.
It’s interesting to just look at the size of the green belt visually (or belts, since it surrounds many cities, not just London). London’s is the most non-sensical, as it covers a large proportion of the home counties. It’s clear it needs updating.
On the positive side, it has kept a lot of the countryside near the cities green – but what has been the cost of this? It’s generated a good proportion of the millions of commuters that travel into London (and other cities) every day. It’s also kept house prices high as well as contributing to the smallest homes in Europe, as house developers try to fit as many dwellings into the remaining space as they can.
Read the article and consider the real price of opposing that housing development round the corner.
Also, if you want to see some commuting eye-candy, have a look at this fascinating visualisation of travel in and out of London over one day in 2013: