With the UK's population growing at more than 400,000 per annum and set to reach 73,700,000 by 2037 (ref: Office for National Statistics), our need for more housing and associated infrastructure (roads, schools, hospitals, employment etc.) is becoming acute. To accommodate these growing numbers the UK needs to build an additional 4,000,000 new homes by 2037, increasing our current housing stock from 26,500,000 to 30,500,000. Will the UK's natural environment be adequately protected against housing and infrastructure development? Will the new homes be affordable? Will the quality of life of millions of people be unduly affected by urban congestion, poor air quality and other environmental problems associated with over-development, especially in crowded areas of the country such as the SE of England, parts of the Midlands and the M62 corridor?
- Stephen Sykes, Partner Castle Debates
- John Pugh-Smith, Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers.
- Peter Sharratt, Visiting Professor, University of Westminster, Managing Director, Fhoras Ltd.
- Dr Paul Ellis, Innovation Director, GeoSmart Information
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