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This Statistical Release provides information on residential ...
This Statistical Release provides information on residential

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

dwellings should be provided on previously-developed land and through

conversions of existing buildings.

Key Results

- 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

previously-developed land.

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.

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