Housing: Construction

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 7th November 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Co-National Campaign Coordinator

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of housing development has taken place on (a) greenbelt and (b) brownfield land in each of the last 20 years in England; how many housing units have been built in (i) greenbelt and (ii) brownfield land in each such year; and how many hectares of (A) greenbelt and (B) brownfield land have been consumed by housing in each such year.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma Minister of State (Communities and Local Government)

a) England figures for the percentage of housing built on Green Belt land for each calendar year from 1989 to 2011 inclusive are available in live table P246 at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/267566/201312_-_Tables_P243-P246_-_LUCS_-_Changes_on_the_Green_Belt.xls

England figures for the percentage of housing built on Green Belt land for each financial year from 2013-14 to 2015-16 inclusive are available in live table P310 at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/595736/1516_Land_Use_Change_Statistics_Live_Tables_Feb_revision.xlsx. They are based on a different methodology from those for 2011 and earlier years and so are not directly comparable. b) England figures for the percentage of housing built on previously-developed land for each calendar year from 1989 to 2011 inclusive are available in live table P211 at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/267562/201312_-_Tables_P211-P213_-_LUCS_-_Changes_on_Previously_Developed_Land.xls

England figures for the percentage of housing built on previously developed land for each financial year from 2013-14 to 2015-16 inclusive are available in live table P300 at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/595736/1516_Land_Use_Change_Statistics_Live_Tables_Feb_revision.xlsx. They are based on a different methodology from those for 2011 and earlier years and so are not directly comparable.

The attached table provides estimated numbers of housing units built on (i) Green Belt and ii) previously-developed land in the last 20 years. a) The number of hectares of Green Belt land used for housing in each calendar year from 1989 to 2011 inclusive are available in live table P246 at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/267566/201312_-_Tables_P243-P246_-_LUCS_-_Changes_on_the_Green_Belt.xls

The number of hectares of Green Belt land used for housing in each financial year from 2013-14 to 2015-16 inclusive are available in live table P382 at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/595736/1516_Land_Use_Change_Statistics_Live_Tables_Feb_revision.xlsx. They are based on a different methodology from those for 2011 and earlier years and so are not directly comparable. b) The number of hectares of previously-developed land used for housing in each calendar year from 1989 to 2011 inclusive are available in live table P226 at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/267563/201312_-_Tables_P221-P226_-_LUCS_-_Land_changing_to_residential_use.xls

The number of hectares of previously-developed land used for housing in each financial year from 2013-14 to 2015-16 inclusive are available in live table P371 at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/595736/1516_Land_Use_Change_Statistics_Live_Tables_Feb_revision.xlsx. They are based on a different methodology from those for 2011 and earlier years and so are not directly comparable.

Table - estimated number of housing units (Excel SpreadSheet, 15.78 KB)

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