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03/03/2015

Household numbers to increase by 5.2 million, says DCLG

Words: Laura Edgar
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Projected housing figures released by the government reveal the number of households in England is set to increase to 27.5 million by 2037, prompting Nexus Planning to say the next government’s top priority must be “creating more homes”.

In 2012-based Household Projections: England, 2012-2037 (pdf), released by the Department for Communities and Local Government, it is predicted that the number of households in England is set to rise from 22.3 million in 2012 to 27.5 million over a 25 year period.

Furthermore, there will be an average growth of 210,000 additional households per year.

This figure is down from 220,000 on the projections for the 2012-2022 period, which were published in 2013.

Dominick Veasey, associate at Nexus Planning explained that the projected increase of 5.2 million households in England means “creating more homes must remain a priority for any government following the General Election".

He continued: “With the construction of new houses in England hovering at around 140,000 per year, this leaves a shortfall of 70,000 homes a year.

“The facts speak for themselves: we urgently need a change in the planning system so that we can deliver more homes, including a debate about the function and purpose of the green belt around our key cities. The green belt was originally introduced to prevent the sprawl of cities. However, we are increasingly finding that it is no longer functioning as it was intended when it was created in the late 1930s.”

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has repeatedly insisted that the green belt is not up for discussion, and developers and local authorities must prioritise building on brownfield land.

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