The net addition of new houses to England’s housing stock was 189,650 between April 2015 and March 2016 with office-to-home conversions accounting for a significant portion, according to the latest National Housing statistics report.
The net addition of new homes was 11 per cent when compared to 2014-2015, statistics released by the Department of Communities and Local Government, found. Of the total net addition to the housing stock, 163,940 were new build homes, 30,600 were from change of use between non-domestic and residential (16 per cent of the net change), 4,760 from conversions between houses and flats and 780 were others (caravans, house boats etc.), offset by 10,420 demolitions, the report said.
As many as 13,879 of the net additions from change of use were through ‘permitted development rights’ (full planning permission not required). These comprised 12,824 additional dwellings from former offices, 226 from agricultural or forestry buildings, 55 from storage buildings and 774 from other non-domestic buildings.
The statistics is direct evidence to the lucrative housing market in England, as more and more office buildings are being converted into residential use. This trend is expected to continue and fuel the growth of housing in England.
Change of use' is the second largest component with a gain of 30,600 dwellings (16% of the net change). Conversions added 4,760 dwellings (3% of the net change) and there were a further 780 other gains (0.4% of the net change).