I live in a regular lower-middle class, 20s build, part of SW London. OSP for two cars, 60 foot garden, 3 beds, 2 kids, dish on the roof and a pet toad (Harry) who lives in the shed. Nice avenue (backing onto the mental health institute's gardens). And their Water tower choc a bloc with mobile phone masts can clearly spied from our bedroom. 5 min walk from the main throughfare into Kingston where cars bomb along at 40, trampling over the forlorn looking "20" painted on the road. Or, more often then not, scootle through doing 5 mph stuck in traffic in a 3 mile tailback. 10 mins walk from the A3, at a RDB where Tesco's knocked down a pub (when I only ever entered once and was stared at for being posh as I was reading the Daily Mirror, I'm sure) and where Tesco may build another store. About 60 houses down my avenue (not road, mind, avenue). Semis. A developer has bought a pair of semis on a corner plot, whose gardens fan out. He has put in a proposal to build, in their place, ten semi-townhouses instead. With OSP for two cars. Cue much grinding of teeth from the residents. "Think of the noise, the congestion, the children etc..." My take on this is that if you want a quiet life don't move to London. I don't have a prob with building more houses here. Even the extra cars are a positive as the increased congestion will lead to slower and - imho - unintentional safer driving (as in central London) for cyclists. Already the avenue (not road) is a single lane with cars parked on either side. The more people are gathered together, the more ideas, resources are gathered. And the more civilisation improves. If I want a quiet life I shall move to Little Puddlewick by the Green. But in the meantime - build away!!! No Nimbyism here. Just hope the new residents won't be competing for schoolplaces at the local school.