Kent… so just how built-up is it?

Landscape is not always just about natural features…this is the Coldrum Long Barrow at Trottiscliffe (pic Walter Coultrip)

As most of us are all too aware, Kent is almost buckling under an onslaught of development proposals and we can but imagine the state of the county should many of them to pass.
But do you know how we fare compared with the rest of the region when it comes to our environment as it is now? If not, read on…
A study published last month (November) by the University of Sheffield and the BBC shows that, in a South East context, Kent is essentially average in terms of how much of our landscape has already been developed.
The analysis shows that 10.6% of the South East is developed, with the Kent figure being a shade lower, at 10.3%. Oxfordshire is the region’s greenest county, with just 7.2% of its landscape built upon.

The full South East league table places Kent at precisely halfway:

  • Oxfordshire 7.2%
  • Sussex 8.7%
  • Hampshire 10.2%
  • Kent 10.3%
  • Buckinghamshire 10.8%
  • Berkshire 16%
  • Surrey 17.2%

Back to Kent, and the least urbanised district is Ashford (5%) and the most urbanised Dartford (32%).

The full Kent league table is:

  • Ashford 5%
  • Tunbridge Wells 7%
  • Dover 8%
  • Maidstone 8%
  • Sevenoaks 8%
  • Shepway 8%
  • Swale 8%
  • Canterbury 9%
  • Tonbridge and Malling 14%
  • Gravesham 21%
  • Thanet 27%
  • Medway 28%
  • Dartford 32%

How might those figures look in 50 years’ time? Perhaps best not think about it…

Friday, December 22, 2017