Vacant dwellings

Summary

Vacant dwelling numbers have been on the decline at the national and local levels, but parts of Lancashire continue to record vacancy rates that are well above the England average. 

Between 2010 and 2016, vacant dwelling numbers fell by 20% in England and 12.2% in the Lancashire-14 area. In 2016, vacancies accounted for 2.5% of the total at the national level, but 4.1% for Lancashire-14.  Blackpool and Hyndburn had high levels of vacancies in 2016 of 5.1%. Burnley recorded a significant reduction of 842 in vacant dwellings over the seven-year period, but still had a high vacancy rate of 5.9% in 2016. 

Certain Lancashire authorities have high vacancy rates and large proportions of properties in the lowest council tax band A category.

Please note that numbers registered as vacant may have fallen since 2013 as councils may now offer zero discount on vacant dwellings which reduces the incentive to register the property as such.

Further analysis

Vacant dwellings, 2016 (PDF 67 KB) 

Page updated May 2017.