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Cancer of low level urbanisation
by Joseph Hricovec

No more land available for development and housing

The images above show the impact of urbanisation and development on The Dacorum District area. Note that development is like a disease spreading out and consuming more and more land, just as cancer consumes more and more healthy tissue. Like cancer, it eventually leads to devastation.

Cancer of low-level urbanisation, it consumes everything and destroys.

Since 1938, poor inefficient use of land has meant that each generation has taken a little more precious greenbelt land. The images showing the development of the Dacorum area and Hemel Hempstead between 1938 – 2015 show the devastating consequences. Therefore do we continue to build low level, low density housing that costs us so much land and habitat or do we address the problem and find innovative mixed-used developments with on-site facilities that build a community?

What does the Government say?

Encourage the effective use of land by reusing land that has been previously developed (brownfield land), provided that it is not of high environmental value

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