development in England, including the 2002 estimate of the proportion
of new dwellings provided on previously-developed land. The
government's national target is that by 2008, 60 per cent of new
conversions of existing buildings.
- In 2002, on a provisional estimate, 64 per cent of new dwellings
were built on previously-developed land including conversions. This
compares with 63 per cent in 2001 and 61 per cent in 2000.
- In 2002, new dwellings were built at an average density of 27
dwellings per hectare. This density had previously remained
unchanged since 1996 at 25 dwellings per hectare.
- In 2002, 56 per cent of the land area changing to residential use
was previously-developed. This compares with less than 50 per cent
prior to 2001. This change is largely due to an increase from
vacant and derelict land and a decrease from agricultural land.
- In 2001, some 4 per cent of new dwellings were built within 1997
designated green belt areas. Of these dwellings, 65 per cent were
on previously-developed land.
- In 2001, some 11 per cent of new dwellings were built within the
Environment Agency Flood Risk Areas. Of these, 61 per cent were on
The Statistical Release includes updated information by Government
Office Region and for each local authority on the proportion of new
dwellings on previously-developed land and the density of new
housing. There is also detail on how much residential development
takes place within green belts and within 'flood risk areas'.
In 2002, consultants WRc carried out research, commissioned by ODPM,
into the processes for collecting Land Use Change Statistics (LUCS)
and the options for extending data collection to include exact site
boundaries. Appendix 1 outlines thi s research and Ordnance Survey's
action plan to implement improvements in the collection of LUCS.
LUCS are provided from data supplied from Ordnance Survey map
revisions. Some changes may not be recorded until some years after
they occur. For this reason, estimates for changes in green belt and
flood risk areas are not yet available for 2002. A 'LUCS Guidance'
internet site with more general background information is available
All Tables, Maps and Graphs can be found here.