Net additional dwellings and demolitions

Net additional dwellings

For the 2016/17 financial year, the net additional dwellings figures for England revealed a noticeable yearly increase to 217,350, up 14.6% from 189,650 a year earlier. The 2016/17 figure was the greatest total for England since 2007/08 (223,530).  

For the Lancashire-14 area, the net additional dwellings data for 2016/17 reveal a total of 4,520, up by almost 10.0% on the previous year (4,120). These numbers are greater than the six years between 2008/09 to 2013/14, when net additional dwellings ranged between 2,040 and 2,990. Since 2001/02, the largest number of net additional dwellings in the Lancashire-14 area was recorded in 2003/04 (5,860).

In 2016/17, Preston (800), Lancaster (630), Chorley (520), Fylde (460) and Wyre (460) recorded the highest yearly increases in the Lancashire-14 area, whilst Blackpool (-150) lost more dwellings than were gained.

For the Lancashire-12 area, the 2016/17 net additional dwellings figure of 4,530 was up by 20.1% on 2015/16 (3,770) and was the highest since 2003/04 (4,980).

Over the eight year period from 2009/10 to 2016/17, the number of net additional dwellings in the Lancashire-14 area was 24,540 (22,190 in the Lancashire-12 area).

Chorley (4,630) has seen the greatest total number of net additional dwellings since 2009/10 in the Lancashire-14 area, followed by Preston (2,960), South Ribble (2,160), Wyre (2,080), Fylde (1,960), West Lancashire (1,950) and Lancaster (1,950). All seven of these local authorities lie in the western part of the Lancashire-14 area. Burnley (370), Pendle (400) and Hyndburn (680), all within East Lancashire, have registered the lowest number of net additional dwellings since 2009/10 in the Lancashire-14 area.

Demolitions and change of use

The Lancashire-14 area 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, but parts of the Lancashire-14 area also have to address the problems of a dysfunctional housing-market in certain areas, especially in the east of the area. The demolition results usually point to relatively small numbers of dwellings across the Lancashire-14 area that are being removed from the housing stock, however, in the latest figures, Blackpool's net additional dwelling figure is negative as a result of 360 demolitions during the year,

In 2016/17, the net additional dwellings figure for the Lancashire-14 area (4,520) included 430 demolitions, offset by new build (+4,050), net change of use (+710), net conversions (+120) and net other gains and losses (+80).

Further analysis

Net additional dwellings, 2016/17 (PDF 616 KB)

Page updated November 2017.