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Introduction

 

The Home & Communities Agency (HCA) is responsible for delivery of the government's affordable housing pogramme that aims to enhance the supply of new affordable homes in England. The majority of the programme for 2011/2015 is to be made available as affordable rent, with some for affordable home ownership, supported housing and in some circumstances, social rent.

 

New affordable homes are additional housing units or bed spaces provided to specified eligible households whose needs are not met by the market. Affordable housing includes new build and acquisitions, but the figures do not take into account losses through demolitions or sales. Schemes include social rent, intermediate rent, affordable rent (included from 2011 onwards) and low cost home ownership. The definition of these categories are and also given in Annex 2 of the National Planning Policy Framework 

District and unitary authorities are responsible for housing within their area, and play a key role in the delivery of affordable housing through their strategic role and as local planning authorities. Many district councils have transferred the bulk of their housing stock to local housing associations or other registered social providers for management and letting, and to undertake refurbishment.

The National and Lancashire Results

National and regional trends for affordable housing provision are published in a series of yearly reports. For 2012/13 a total of 42,830 affordable homes were delivered nationally, a decrease of 26% on the previous year. 

Table 1 details the figures for the past few years for each Lancashire local authority. Chorley recorded the highest number of affordable homes in Lancashire for each of the past three years, whereas the neighbouring authority of South Ribble recorded relatively low yearly figures.  The figures for other authorities reveal some marked variations between the outturns for particular years.

 

Table 1: Additional Affordable Housing Supply 2010/11 – 2012/13

 
2010/11
2011/12
2012/13
Burnley
50
30
73
Chorley
210
170
188
Fylde
130
120
44
Hyndburn
20
20
0
Lancaster
60
100
29
Pendle
60
30
43
Preston
10
90
104
Ribble Valley
40
70
87
Rossendale
30
40
38
South Ribble
30
30
29
West Lancashire
30
150
81
Wyre
50
110
25
Lancashire (12 districts)
670
960
741
Blackburn with Darwen
130
50
127
Blackpool
230
40
72
Lancashire(14 authorities)
1,030
1,050
940

Source: Communities and Local Government (CLG) table 1011 

Table 1011 includes breakdowns by type of affordable home for each authority. Table 1008 provides a long time series of additional affordable dwellings per authority, rounded to the nearest 10.

Information on housing tenure from the 2011 census indicates that social renting accounted for 12.6% of tenures in the Lancashire 14-authority area. A 2013 figure from DCLG states that 10% of Lancashire tenures are from registered (non-council) social landlords.

 Last updated 30th March 2014 by Bryan Moulding

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