mrkfm - the NPPF does have flaws, in particular it optimistically imagines that homes will be built in the absence of national and regional targets. But it is a step in the right direction if it allows more land to be released for housing and the brownfield first policy is revised. Melvin and Anonymous - as I've said before, 10% of England is built upon - only 1.1% of it is covered by domestic buildings, so half as crowded as Holland. A considerable amount of agricultural land is unused or set aside, I haven't seen the latest figures but in 2007 nearly 5,000 sq km was vacant; we would need only 850 sq km to build 3 million homes. Traditionally, the EU has produced more food than we are able to consume - hence butter and beef mountains. Agriculture contributes less than 1% to GDP and is massively subsidised.