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The government's proven commitment to recycling previously developed...
The government's proven commitment to recycling previously developed

land and making better use of existing development land is helping to

protect our countryside for future generations to come, planning and housing minister Yvette Cooper said today.

Latest statistics released today reveal that the proportion of new

homes provided on brownfield sites remains at a historically high

level of 67 per cent, at the same time that new building has

increased. The average density of new homes development has increased

nationally to 39dph (dwellings per hectare), up from 34dph in 2003.

Density of new homes on previously developed land is now even higher

- at 44dph.

Ms Cooper said:

'Brownfield development is at a record level. This shows it is

possible to build more homes and protect the countryside at the same


'We always said we needed to make better use of existing developed

land to build the homes families need. These figures show we are

doing exactly this.'


1. These statistics are based on changes in land use recorded for the

Department by Ordnance Survey during their map revision work. They

relate to both new use and previous use of land, and changes between


2. The full statistics releases:

* Land Use Change in England: Residential Development to 2004;

* Previously-Developed Land that may be available for development:

England 2004;

can be found on the ODPM website at

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