Part of the immigration debate are those who suggest Britain is a small island, with not much room and we are now full up. Of course, such claims defy the fact that there is plenty of spare room if we wished.
The urbanised part of Britain occupies less than 10 per cent of the surface area. The urbanised part of Surrey occupies less of Surrey than Surrey golf courses. So - plenty of space if we put peoples desperate need for refuge to those who spoil a good walk by hitting a ball into little holes.
The 2011 census projected that the total urban area in England and Wales was 1.1 million hectares or just 7.4 per cent of all land.
The UK ranks 44th by the World Bank out of territories for highest population density, behind the Netherlands, Japan, Barbados, Belgium and India.