Dwelling stock by tenure

Lancashire-12 results

The 2021 results indicate a total dwelling stock of 559,647 for the Lancashire-12 area, of which, 87.7% was owner occupied or privately rented. This was above the England average of 83%, and is because Lancashire has much less accommodation in local authority ownership than the national average. Only Lancaster (5.7%) and West Lancashire (11.4%) had large numbers of dwellings within this category. For 2021 Chorley had fewer than 80 local authority owned dwellings, Burnley and Hyndburn had fewer than 40, while Rossendale, Ribble Valley and Pendle had just 28 between them. Fylde, Preston, South Ribble and Wyre had none

All of the Lancashire-12 authorities had over 80% of their dwellings in the owner-occupied and privately rented sector, and in Fylde, Ribble Valley and Wyre the figure was over 90%.

Registered social landlords accounted for over 10% of dwellings in seven Lancashire-12 local authorities and in the county itself. These included Preston where this category accounted for over 18% of dwellings. This meant that this authority had the lowest percentage in the Lancashire-12 area for the owner occupied and privately rented sector.

Lancashire-14 results

In 2021 the whole Lancashire-14 area had a total dwelling stock of 692,404 of which 87.3% was owner occupied or privately rented. This was also above the England average. In Blackpool 89.8% of the dwelling stock was owner-occupied and privately rented, while in Blackburn with Darwen the percentage was only 81.3, the lowest in all of the Lancashire-14 area. Conversely, Blackburn with Darwen had the highest percentage of stock in the registered social landlord sector in the whole Lancashire-14 area at 18.6%. The percentage of dwelling stock in Blackpool owned by the local authority was 6.7%, just a little above the England percentage (6.4%).

Dwelling stock by tenure, 2021 (Table scrolls left to right)

Source  GOV.UK website, live tables on dwelling stock, Table 100

A dwelling is defined as a self contained unit of accommodation: when all the rooms (including the kitchen, bathroom and toilet) are behind a door which only that household can use.

Private-sector data on rental levels in Lancashire  

The Zoopla website is said to be a leading UK market resource for properties to sale or rent. The website has a current values section (go to browse property current values by area option) that contains the Lancashire results within the North West England option. By clicking on the Lancashire option, details are revealed for the average sale prices and rental levels for a large number of towns in the county. Please also see the data page for Lancashire that includes the current price breakdown by property type and the average property rental price. 

Social housing 

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the national housing and regeneration agency for England. The agency is also the regulator of social housing providers and works with local partners to create new affordable homes and thriving neighbourhoods.

The government publishes details of current registered providers of social housing. The list includes a selection of organisations that have an address within Lancashire-14.  A number are sub-sections of larger groups, whilst others target particular age cohorts such as the elderly. The list includes the Progress Housing Group and Ribble Valley Homes, now part of Onward Homes Limited. Other organisations that do not have a Lancashire address will however have social housing sites in the county, or incorporate sub-groups in Lancashire that are independently listed as providers. For instance, the Together Housing Group has a Halifax address but covers Pendle, Blackburn with Darwen, Rossendale, Ribble Valley, South Ribble and Preston.  

The Regenda Group website states that the organisation has around 3,500 properties in Lancashire. The find a home to rent page highlights the fact that the group has a substantial presence in Wyre district.  

Page updated May 2022.