Net Additional Dwellings
Net Additional Dwellings
The figures for net additional dwellings have 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 National and Lancashire Results
Table 1 lists the returns for Lancashire local authorities over six financial years and the overall figures for England. At the national level, the numbers of additional dwellings declined over recent years, but the result for 2013/14 saw a modest improvement. 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 the yearly total was 124,720 but increased to 136.610 in 2013/14.
Table 1: Net Additional Dwellings, 2008/09 to 2013/14
For the 12-district Lancashire County Council area, the 2013/14 net additional dwelling figure for 2013/14 of 2,710 represents a marked increase over the last four financial years. Strong growth in net dwellings in Chorley (580) continues to support the overall result for the county, whilst the latest figures also highlight rising numbers across much of the county. Of note was the 370 additional dwellings in West Lancashire. In contrast, Pendle once again recorded a net figure of below 100.
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 vitally important issue, but parts of Lancashire also have 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 just 290 during 2013/14 in the 12-district Lancashire County Council area, and these included 130 in South Ribble. The negative net additional dwelling figure for Blackpool was because of 180 demolitions in the authority.
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 November 2014 by Bryan Moulding