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Housing

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the reasons for the reduction in the number of new residential dwellings built on previously developed land in the last 12 months; and what proportion of new residential dwellings were built on previously developed land in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006 in (i) England and (ii) each Government Office Region. (171715)

In 2006, on a provisional estimate, 74 per cent. of all new dwellings were built on previously developed (“brownfield”) land, compared to 77 per cent. in 2005. The figures for each region and both years, including and excluding conversions of buildings into dwellings, can be seen in the following table.

Due to the way the data are collected, all statistics are subject to revision, and the 2006 statistics are marked as provisional because they are more susceptible to change. There is an inevitable time-lag between land use change occurring and it being recorded causing these revisions.

The statistics are the best estimates available; however the Department is constantly researching the figures to ensure they are as robust as possible.

No assessment has yet been made of this reduction. The target for development on previously developed land remains 60 per cent. and this is being achieved.

New dwellings built on previously-developed land

Excluding conversions

Including conversions

2005

20061

2005

20061

North East

69

71

71

72

North West

81

83

83

85

Yorkshire and the Humber

73

67

77

70

East Midlands

54

65

60

69

West Midlands

76

79

79

81

East of England

70

64

72

66

London

97

90

97

90

South East

75

74

78

76

South West

62

58

67

63

England

74

72

77

74

1 Provisional

Notes:

1. There is an inevitable time-lag between land use change occurring and it being recorded, therefore data are constantly being updated.

2. The data in the table are based on records received from Ordnance Survey up to June 2007, published in October 2007 in Land Use Change in England to 2006: Additional Tables LUCS-22A.