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Housing: North-east England

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to his policy on underoccupancy, what assessment he has made of (a) the availability of and (b) potential changes in demand for one-bedroom properties in (i) County Durham and (ii) the North East.

Photo of Andrew Stunell Andrew Stunell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

Information is not available on the total stock of one-bedroom properties in County Durham and the North East. Estimates of one-bedroom properties as a percentage of all new build properties are available in Table 254 at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/housing/housingresearch/housingstatistics/housingstatisticsby/housebuilding/livetables/

There are 4,507 one bedroom local authority properties in Durham Unitary Authority accounting for 24% of the local authority's stock. In the North East there are 25,804 one bedroom local authority properties accounting for 22% of the local authority stock in the region.

Estimates are not available for the future demand of one-bed properties. The Department does not forecast housing need. However, the Department publishes household projections that show the number of households by size that would form if previous demographic trends were to continue. These are available in Table 420 at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/housing/housingresearch/housingstatistics/housingstatisticsby/householdestimates/livetables-households/

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