Land use change statistics

This collection brings together all documents relating to land use change statistics.

These statistics show the amounts and location of land changing use in England.

They provide a way of monitoring development such as changes to residential use. They also provide information on the percentage of new dwellings built on previously-developed land and non previously-developed land, the percentage of housing development in flood risk areas, on agricultural land and in the green belt and the density (dwellings per hectare) of new housing.

The methodology used to produce land use change statistics changed in 2015. Guidance detailing these changes can be found in land use change statistics: methodology changes guidance.

In May 2019 we also published experimental statistics on land use in England, 2017 and in July 2020, we also published official statistics on land use in England, 2018.


On 31 May 2019, we published a consultation paper on proposed changes to the department’s land use change statistics. The closing date for responses was 31 July 2019. We have analysed the responses received and published the MHCLG response on 16 July 2020.

Next land use change statistics publication

The land use change statistics 2018 to 2019 are due to be published in September/October 2020.


Live tables

Archived publications

Published 10 November 2012
Last updated 16 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect the published response to the consultation on proposed changes to the department’s land use change statistics.

  2. Added land use change statistics 2017 to 2018.

  3. Land use change statistics 2016 to 2017 added.

  4. Added land use change statistics in England and live tables for2013 to 2014. Also added quality assurance assessment.

  5. Land use change statistics England: provisional estimates for 2011.

  6. First published.