How much of your area is built on?

It seems that wherever you go these days, new housing estates are springing up faster than ever, and you could be forgiven for thinking that we really are concreting over our green and pleasant land.

But how much of our country is actually built up? Not as much as you might think

We love this clever tool on the BBC website that lets you see how much of your local council area falls into each of the following four land categories:

  • Farmland
  • Natural
  • Built on
  • Green urban

Give it a do – you may be surprised!

The data that drives the tool was produced with the help of Dr Alasdair Rae from the Urban Studies and Planning Department at the University of Sheffield. All the original local authority data and maps are available in A Land Cover Atlas of the United Kingdom and can be found here and here.