I've just been having a poke through all the different planning applications in my Westgate ward for the last twelve months and I count 173 new homes, the great majority being houses rather than flats.
Now that strikes me as being quite a large number, as I started the exercise thinking it might be a nice round figure like 50 and it shows how wrong one can be.
There's an increased density in Westgate these days that is immediately noticeable in the shortage of parking space in strategic areas, such as outside the surgery and in the village. If the planning applications continue at their current pace - and there's no reason to believe that they might not - then in five years, little Westgate is going to look very squeezed for space unless we keep a very close eye on its growth.
I also wonder, under this week's new planning regulations proposed from Westminster, how many giant garden conservatories/outdoor cabins are now going to appear over the course of the summer.
I'm reminded of one resident who extended part of their small house in what is now thankfully the conservation area - with a bright white PVC conservatory on a 19th century building. This is now quite literally visible from ten thousand feet without any trouble. I sometimes wonder if the aircraft routing back to Heathrow along the coast use it as a visual reporting point?