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Empty Property

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many empty (a) commercial and (b) residential properties there were in (i) St. Albans constituency, (ii) Hertfordshire and (iii) England in each of the last five years. (320848)

The number of empty residential properties in the St. Albans local authority area, in Hertfordshire and in England in 2005 to 2009 are shown in the following table.

St. Albans

Hertfordshire

England

2005

1,313

10,509

723,509

2006

1,471

10,620

744,931

2007

1,446

10,494

763,319

2008

1,348

10,391

783,119

2009

1,317

10,706

770,661

The empty residential dwelling data include both short-term and long-term empty dwellings as reported annually by all billing authorities in England in October of the year. Data are not available at a constituency level.

Estimates of the number of empty non-domestic hereditaments in the St. Albans local authority area and in England as at 31 March 2008 and 31 March 2009, the only years for which data are available, are shown in the following table. Data for Hertfordshire are not available.

31 March 2008

31 March 2009

St. Albans

389

293

Hertfordshire

n/a

n/a

England

237,000

237,000

n/a = Not available

The data are as reported by all billing authorities in England at the date specified. Again, data are not available at a constituency level.