If you had this uneasy feeling that new homes were gettng smaller, you weren't imagining it. The latest data from the appallingly misnamed ministry of communities and local government confirms it. Builders in England are now stacking up an average of 45 new dwellings per hectare, compared to around 25 a decade ago.
The data suggests that some kind of major policy shift happened around 2001. Suddenly builders started to cram more boxes onto whatever scraps of land the local authorities made available for home construction.
The data for London is shocking. Builders put around on average 100 dwellings on each available hectare.