Surrey and its golf courses
Whilst it might be true about houses and gold courses, a good few of them have gone bust.
It is not only in Surrey that this has happened.
Golf (and everything around it including doing biz whilst playing a round) is dropping in popularity.
It is also fiendishly expensive the S.E. blighty.
so much of what Mr W compares with Silicon Valley is true.IMHO.
I seem to remember seeing one decrepit GF that was farmland 20 years ago that has been recently sold for development of 4-5 bed houses. No affordable housing in that neck of the woods. It is the Surrey Stockbroker Belt after all. The locals can't have the plebs lowing the tone of the place now can one?
I can't help wondering if this was all planned. Build a gold cource, run it for a few years, close it down and build houses. A good way round planning restrictions then? A good few millionaires made in the process I should imagine.
As for the US, the NIMBY's don't go out protesting. Over there, they just sue everyone in sight. That will make the local councils tread very carefully. My guess is that those emply plots might have a bit of dodgy provenance on them. More than their jobsworth to rish developing them then!