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Land Classification

Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many hectares of land were classified as (a) urban and (b) suburban in each year since 1990, broken down by region. (84057)

From the Department's statistics for Urban Settlements, the amounts of urban land in England were as follows:

Hectares

1991

2001

North East

57,200

60,200

North West

153,100

160,300

Yorkshire and the Humber

114,100

121,000

East Midlands

92,300

100,900

West Midlands

122,700

129,200

East of England

124,200

134,900

London

130,600

130,500

South East

190,100

205,100

South West

103,000

116,700

England

1,087,200

1,158,900

Urban settlements are defined here as settlements with a population of 1,000 or more. They are based on the built-up extent and not on administrative boundaries. They are available only for census years, when there is information on population down to the necessary geographic level.

There is no standard definition of suburban areas and no information available centrally on their extent.