Net Additional Dwellings and Demolitions
The figures for net additional dwellings were been published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (table 122) from returns submitted by local authorities. Net additions measure the absolute increase in stock between one year and the next, including losses and gains (such as conversions, changes of use and demolitions).
The Lancashire Results
Table 1 lists the returns for Lancashire local authorities over a five-year period and the overall figures for England. At the national level, the numbers of additional dwellings have declined somewhat over recent years. In the 2008/09 financial over 182,000 net additions were recorded whilst the three previous years had each seen figures of over 200,000. By the 2012/13 financial year however the yearly total was just below 124,800.
Table 1: Net Additional Dwellings, 2008/09 to 2012/13
Burnley and Pendle were the only Lancashire authority to record negative results during the five-year period, whilst Hyndburn, Lancastera dnd Blackpool each had one year with no recorded change. For the past four financial years, Chorley district has easily recorded the highest net increase of any Lancashire authority. In 2012/13 it recorded figure (640) that was over three times higher than the next highest total for Blackburn with Darwen of 200.
The county has a large number of old terraced properties at the lower end of the price range that present significant issues. New dwelling stock is a vitally important issue, but parts of Lancashire also need to address the problems of a dysfunctional housing-market in certain areas, especially in the east of the county. The demolition results however point to relatively small numbers of dwellings across the county that are being removed from the housing stock.
Table 123 on the Department for Communities and Local Government details the components of change in the local housing market. Conversions and changes of use supplement the new build results whilst the figures for demolitions give the numbers for each Lancashire authority. The demolition figures show very low numbers across the county during the 2012/13 financial year, with just 180 recorded demolitions across the 14-authority Lancashire area.
The articles on dwelling stock by council tax band, household spaces by dwelling types (2011 census), vacant dwellings, and house prices, together underline the imbalance in the housing stock in certain Lancashire authorities. The need to expand the housing supply is a very important, but the county also has to deal with the issue of an imbalance in its housing stock that contains many inexpensive older terraced properties that struggle to satisfy modern-day aspirations.
Last updated 31st March 2014 by Bryan Moulding
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