CLEANER AIR: Move to the country with Larkfleet Homes
Did you know that less than a quarter of the UK population lives in the countryside?
The air is cleaner in the countryside, there is less traffic and air pollution - whereas in the city air pollution increases the risk of stroke, lung cancer, heart disease and respiratory diseases.
Moving to the countryside gives people more opportunity to get out and exercise in all that open space - remember those long dog walks you have been fantasising about - and enjoy being surrounded by greenery.
City population could decline in 2021 for the first time this century. City-dwellers are generally rethinking their living environment in light of the pandemic, and re-evaluating the importance of larger homes, green spaces and connections with the local community. Leading upto the pandemic, the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics predicted that London’s population would increase by 56,000 people between 2020 and 2021. But PricewaterhouseCoopers calculated that if just 14% of its forecast came to fruition, then it would erase this predicted growth.
City-dwellers from all over the country are looking to relocate to the country realising they can get more for their money within an hour of London with bigger houses, more space and a better way of life.
Air pollution in the United Kingdom is mostly caused by the traffic on our roads, this means that pollution is one of the UK's biggest killers, and is responsible for an estimated 36,000 premature deaths per year. Like most cases, it's the poorest and most vulnerable who are impacted from air pollution.
According to David Newby, British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiology at the University of Edinburgh, when it comes to air pollution, "being in the country is better for you".
This is because living in the country away from busy cities reduces the risk of damage to the lungs and heart from fine particles and gases emitted by traffic. While buses, high-rise buildings and stop-go traffic are known to increase the risk of exposure to pollution.
Research shows that air pollution is responsible for an average loss of life expectancy of six months across the UK and most of that is driven by urban populations.
"More remote rural areas have half the concentration of pollution of urban areas." And a government report, which found that health outcomes are more favourable in rural areas than urban areas, seems to back up these findings.</p
Larkfleet and Allison Holmes are focused on building homes that achieve targets in sustainability, with reduced impact on the environment. Larkfleet generally build new developments in the countryside to provide a better of quality of life for people from all walks of life. Our map shows that the majority of homes developed by Larkfleet and Allison are in areas with a cleaner air quality.