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Green Belt

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) homes and (b) non-domestic buildings were built on Green Belt land in each year since 1997-98. (104036)

The information available on housing is from Land Use Change Statistics set out in the following table. The Green Belt includes both greenfield and brownfield land. The proportion of new dwellings built on greenfield land in Green Belts has fallen from 1.5 per cent. in 1997 to 1.0 per cent. in 2004.

Information on the numbers of non-domestic buildings is not available centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Number and proportions of new dwellings built in the Green Belt, by previous use, 1997 to 2004

Dwellings

Proportions by previous use

New dwellings on previously developed land in the Green Belt

New dwellings on greenfield land in the Green Belt

New dwellings on previously developed land in the Green Belt as a proportion of all new dwellings

New dwellings on greenfield land in the Green Belt as a proportion of all new dwellings

1997

2,530

2,170

1.7

1.5

1998

2,750

2,280

1.9

1.6

1999

3,610

1,990

2.6

1.4

2000

3,390

2,560

2.5

1.9

2001

3,400

1,820

2.6

1.4

2002

2,890

2,060

2.1

1.5

2003

2,890

2,000

2.0

1.4

2004

2,880

1,550

1.9

1.0

Total (1997-2004)

24,340

16,420

2.2

1.5

Source:

Communities and Local Government completions data (2006), LUCS data (LUCS 21 A, October 2006)