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Housing: Derelict Land

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the figures referred to in the answer of 22 May 2006, Official Report, columns 1387-88W, on brownfield development are for the most recent year available, broken down by (a) region, (b) county and (c) local authority. (201823)

[holding answer 25 April 2008]: Information on the percentage of new dwellings on previously-developed land (also referred to as ‘brownfield’ land) as a proportion of all new dwellings including conversions, the percentage of new dwellings on previously-residential land as a proportion of all dwellings on previously-developed land and the percentage of new dwellings on previously-residential land as a proportion of all new dwellings for 2006 has been deposited in the Library of the House.

Development on previously-residential land includes conversions, sites where dwellings are demolished and replaced as well as building on back gardens and other types of development. Local authorities have always had the power to turn down applications for inappropriate housing development in back gardens and new planning rules that came into force in April have strengthened those powers further.

In particular, councils have now been given the ability to set local policies that specifically protect gardens and to separate gardens out from their wider brownfield development targets.