Official Statistics

Housing and planning statistics 2010

The latest annual volume of Housing and Planning Statistics for 2010 was released on 2 December 2010 under arrangements in line with the code…


Housing and Planning Statistics 2010

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The latest annual volume of Housing and Planning Statistics for 2010 was released on 2 December 2010 under arrangements in line with the code of practice for official statistics.

This annual compendium covers all aspects of housing and planning in England (and in some cases, tables also cover the United Kingdom). Key figures from the report show:

  • There were 21.5 million households in England in 2008-09: 14.6 million owner-occupiers; 3.8 million social renters; and 3.1 million private renters.
  • Net additions to the stock (new build plus conversions and change of use, less demolitions) rose from 132,000 net additions per annum in 2000-01, to a peak of 207,370 in 2007-08 before falling to 128,680 in 2009-10.
  • Between 2008 and 2009, new build completions decreased by 17 per cent, from 143,000 to 118,000.
  • In England during 2009 the lower quartile house price was 6.28 times the lower quartile full-time individual earnings.
  • The number of households in England is projected to rise by 5.8 million from 2008 to 2033, an increase of 232,000 per year on average reaching 27.5 million in 2033.
  • Between 1998-99 and 2008-09, average local authority housing rents in England increased from £42 to £64 per week. Between 2000 and 2010, average housing association housing rents in England increased from £53 to £78 per week.
  • During 2009-10, local authorities made 89,120 decisions on eligible applications for housing assistance under homelessness legislation. Nearly half of these - 40,020 - were accepted as owed a main homelessness duty, 70 per cent lower than the peak in 2003-04.
  • The overall rate of overcrowding in England in 2008-09 was 3.0 per cent, with an estimated 656,000 households living in overcrowded conditions.
  • There were an estimated 8,510 total social housing sales to sitting tenants in England in 2009-10, an increase of 16 per cent on 2008-09. However there was a 20 per cent decrease in Right to Buy sales from 2008-09.
  • A total of 57,730 gross additional affordable homes were supplied in England in 2009-10. This is an increase of 4 per cent on 2008-09.
  • There was a steady decline in the percentage of homes in the least energy efficient Band G, from 9 per cent in 1996 to less than 4 per cent in 2008.
  • In 2009, on a provisional estimate, 80 per cent of dwellings (including conversions) were built on previously-developed land, unchanged from 2008.
  • In the year ending June 2010, authorities that undertake district level planning received around 475,000 applications, compared to around 1,600 for those authorities responsible for ‘county matters’ applications.

The compendium is a snapshot of data available at the time of going to print (Autumn 2010). More up-to-date data are published as they become available as live tables.

This is a priced publication available from TSO (The Stationery Office), PO Box 29, Norwich NR3 1GN. Order through the Parliamentary Hotline (Lo-call): 08457 023 474, fax: 0870 600 5533, textphone 0870 240 3701, email: or visit to buy online.

Published 2 December 2010