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Empty Property: Essex

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many residential dwellings were vacant in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each of the last five years. (268429)

The number of empty residential dwellings in Castle Point and Essex in each of the last five years are shown in the following table.

Castle Point

Essex

1 November 2004

664

14,541

10 October 2005

712

15,697

9 October 2006

811

16,331

8 October 2007

862

16,045

6 October 2008

877

18,365

Data for Essex are the sum of all vacant dwellings in the individual billing authorities including Castle Point but excluding figures for Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock unitary authorities.

The data are as reported annually to Communities and Local Government on the CTB and CTB (Supplementary) forms that are completed by all billing authorities in England. The data relate to particular dates in the autumn of each year.