HC Deb 09 July 2002 vol 388 c885W
Sue Doughty

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many(a) schools, (b) hospitals, (c) housing and (d) other public amenities were built on (i) greenfield, (ii) brownfield and (iii) former landfill sites in each year since 1997; on each occasion what was the nature of funding for the scheme; and if he will make a statement. [65600]

Mr. McNulty

For housing, the number of dwellings completed in England each year between 1997 and 2001 was as follows:

  • 1997: 149,100
  • 1998: 141,400
  • 1999: 140,200
  • 2000: 136,700
  • 2001: 127,700 dwellings.

The proportion of dwellings built on previously developed land (`brownfield land'), including conversions, was as follows:

  • 1997: 56 per cent.
  • 1998: 58 per cent.
  • 1999: 59 per cent.
  • 2000: 60 per cent.
  • 2001: 61 per cent. (provisional).

The proportion on former landfill sites is not available annually but is estimated at around 0.1 per cent. of all dwellings.

For the other categories requested, the latest available reliable estimates are for 1997 and for the area of land. In England in 1997, an estimated 575 hectares changed to community buildings, covering (a), (b) and (d), excluding leisure and recreational buildings. Of these, around 355 hectares (62 per cent.) came from previously developed land. Less than five hectares came from minerals and landfill.

Information on funding is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.