Net additional dwellings

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Net additional dwellings    

Introduction 

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 seven financial years and the overall figures for England. In the 2008/09 financial over 182,000 net additions were recorded in England 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. The latest figure for 2014/15 revealed a noticeable yearly increase to 170,690.

Table 1: Net Additional Dwellings, 2008/09 to 2014/15 

 
2008/08
2009/10
2010/11
2011/12
2012/13
2013/14
2014/15
Burnley
120
-90
-90
-50
10
160
20
Chorley
380
460
550
550
640
580
720
Fylde
400
240
210
140
160
230
210
Hyndburn
100
0
20
60
10
200
150
Lancaster
250
30
0
100
170
130
430
Pendle
-100
-130
0
60
30
60
80
Preston
560
300
410
180
100
160
520
Ribble Valley
30
40
20
150
170
180
340
Rossendale
130
240
140
120
150
240
230
South Ribble
320
180
280
200
150
210
480
West Lancashire
160
130
90
230
140
370
370
Wyre
240
300
130
200
180
190
290
Lancashire (12 district area)
2,600
1,700
1,780
1,940
1,920
2,710
3,840
Blackburn with Darwen UA
80
340
370
40
200
230
220
Blackpool UA
310
0
180
280
130
-50
100
England
182,770
144,870
137,390
134,900
124,720
136,610
170,690
Source: Department for Communities and Local Government, (table 122)   

For the Lancashire-12 area, the 2014/15 net additional dwelling figure of 3,840 was by far the highest result recorded over the past seven financial years.  Chorley recorded a very high figure of 720 net additional dwellings, whilst numbers of over 400 were also noted in Lancaster, Preston and South Ribble.

Demolitions  

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 170 during 2014/15 in the Lancashire-12 area. The low net additional dwelling figure for Burnley of just 20, was partly the result of 90 demolitions in the authority in the same financial year.   

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