Housing

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average dwelling size of new homes was (a) in the latest period for which figures are available and (b) in each previous year for which figures are available; and whether such figures are broken down by (i) social and (ii) private sector dwellings.

Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

We do not have information on dwelling size but do have data on numbers of bedrooms. The following table shows the proportions of new build completions in England by number of bedrooms for private dwellings and registered social landlord dwellings. The information is presented as proportions not absolute numbers because number of bedrooms has been collected centrally for only about half of the new build activity since 2001-02.

Proportion of dwellings by tenure and number of bedrooms
Percentage of all dwellings
Financial year
All dwellings 1991-92 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000
Private enterprise
1 bedroom 15 13 11 9 8 6 5 5 5
2 bedrooms 31 31 30 29 28 26 24 24 24
3 bedrooms 31 33 35 36 36 37 38 37 36
4 or more bedrooms 23 22 24 26 28 31 32 35 35
All 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Registered social landlords
1 bedroom 39 34 25 21 20 21 19 18 20
2 bedrooms 41 40 45 45 45 44 42 44 44
3 bedrooms 18 23 28 30 31 32 33 33 32
4 or more bedrooms 2 3 3 4 4 4 6 5 5
All 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
All tenures
1 bedroom 19 17 14 12 11 8 7 7 7
2 bedrooms 32 33 33 32 32 29 27 27 26
3 bedrooms 29 31 33 34 35 36 38 36 35
4 or more bedroom 20 19 19 22 23 26 28 30 32
All 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Percentage of all dwellings
Financial year
All dwellings 2000-01 2001-02( 1) 2002-03( 1) 2003-04( 1) 2004-05( 1) 2005-06( 1) 2006-07( 1)
Private Enterprise
1 bedroom 5 6 6 8 9 9 9
2 bedrooms 24 24 28 32 37 41 40
3 bedrooms 35 31 30 29 29 28 28
4 or more bedrooms 36 39 36 32 25 22 22
All 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Registered social landlords
1 bedroom 19 17 17 14 18 19 24
2 bedrooms 46 49 45 54 52 56 56
3 bedrooms 30 28 29 25 24 21 17
4 or more bedrooms 5 5 9 7 5 4 3
All 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
All tenures
1 bedroom 7 7 6 8 10 10 11
2 bedrooms 27 25 29 33 38 42 42
3 bedrooms 34 31 30 29 28 27 27
4 or more bedroom 32 37 34 30 23 21 20
All 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
(1) Figures for 2001-02 onwards are based on only half of the new build activity.

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