The Grand Myth Of Urban Britain

Next time you are told by someone that Britain (as a nation / country / geographical entity) is full-up, that we have no more room left, please ask them to ponder this fact – The proportion of England’s landscape which is actually built upon (roads, houses, factories, shopping centres, schools etc) is a mere 2.27%, and that the vast majority of us (80%) live within this space.

You can get all the salient facts from a 2012 article by Mark Easton on the BBC News website.

The report the article refers to is from the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA), and here is a (download) link to a PDF of the actual report.