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.
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:
can be found on the ODPM website at