The latest national statistics on land use change were released under the auspices of the UK Statistics Authority on 11 May 2010.
Statistics in this release present provisional figures on land use change in England.
Land use change statistics are annual data. This release provides the first estimates for 2009 of changes on previously developed land and the average density of new dwellings. For some topics (see below) 2009 data are not yet robust and so the latest robust data available is presented.
In 2009, on a provisional estimate:
- 80% of dwellings (including conversions) were built on previously developed land, unchanged from 2008
- new dwellings were built at an average density of 45 dwellings per hectare, compared with 43 dwellings per hectare in 2008
In 2008, on a provisional estimate:
- 2% of dwellings were built within the green belt (unchanged since 2004) and 7% of land changing to residential use (from any use) was within the green belt (an increase from 5% in 2007)
- 9% of dwellings were built within areas of high flood risk (unchanged since 2006) and 6% of land changing to residential use was within areas of high flood risk (unchanged from 2007)
You can also view live tables on land use change statistics.