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Housing facts and figures 2004/2005 to 2021

Scales and types of developments

The following section provides figures pertaining to the kind of schemes through which homes were approved and delivered, in terms of scale, building typology and development type. The figures include:

  • 5.1) the number of homes approved on minor developments
  • 5.2) the number of homes delivered on minor developments
  • 5.3 the type of development type homes have been delivered through
  • 5.4) the proportion of flats, maisonettes to houses across developments

5.1 Number of homes approved on minor developments

Situated in inner London with high land value, Southwark delivers new homes mainly through large developments and strategic sites. However, minor development (creating one to nine units) remains a significant source of housing delivery and potential affordable housing contribution due to the considerable quantity of homes it creates. The table below shows that 6,860 (gross) and 5,567 (net) homes were approved on minor developments, contributing to 457 and 371 units approved per year.

Table 15 - Gross and net approved minor developments

Financial Year

(1 April to 31 March)

No. of Applications
(1-9 units)

Sum of Gross Units

Sum of Net Units

2004 - 2005

163

451

378

2005 - 2006

137

404

329

2006 - 2007

130

387

296

2007 - 2008

150

518

404

2008 - 2009

139

512

425

2009 - 2010

109

365

290

2010 - 2011

127

378

291

2011 - 2012

144

484

403

2012 - 2013

129

367

290

2013 - 2014

160

524

447

2014 - 2015

184

597

518

2015 - 2016

185

465

393

2016 - 2017

183

550

467

2017 - 2018

166

377

304

2018 - 2019

169

481

332

Total

2,275

6,860

5,567

Annual Average

152

457

371

Source: Summary of housing approvals 2004 to 2019: Sheet 4: minor development

5.2 Number of homes completed on minor developments

In terms of completions, 4,970 (gross) and 4,065 (net) homes were delivered through minor developments over the 16-year period, where the net completed units accounted for 16% of overall new additional homes across all developments (Table 16 and 17). In some years such as 2008/2009, 2012/2013, 2014/2015, 2017/2018, minor developments contributed as much as one-fourth of the net total housing delivery.

Table 16 - Gross and net completed minor developments

Financial Year

(1 April to 31 March)

No. of Applications
(1-9 units)

Sum of Gross Units

Sum of Net Units

2004 - 2005

91

264

219

2005 - 2006

94

282

240

2006 - 2007

116

333

263

2007 - 2008

83

245

166

2008 - 2009

100

334

266

2009 - 2010

89

279

216

2010 - 2011

75

209

166

2011 - 2012

98

307

244

2012 - 2013

81

303

244

2013 - 2014

94

264

215

2014 - 2015

137

391

313

2015 - 2016

161

513

424

2016 - 2017

95

282

231

2017 - 2018

97

312

272

2018 - 2019

94

279

232

2019 - 2020

139 373 354

Total

1,644

4,970

4,065

Annual Average

103

311

254

Source: Summary of housing completions 2004 to 2019: Sheet 4: minor development

Table 17 - Net completed units by scheme size

Financial Year (1 April to  31 March)

1 to 9 units

10 or more units

Total

No. of units

% of all units

No. of units

% of all units

2004 - 2005

219

18%

1008

82%

1227

2005 - 2006

240

17%

1157

83%

1397

2006 - 2007

263

13%

1701

87%

1964

2007 - 2008

166

13%

1079

87%

1245

2008 - 2009

266

26%

775

74%

1041

2009 - 2010

216

16%

1119

84%

1335

2010 - 2011

166

11%

1334

89%

1500

2011 - 2012

244

22%

847

78%

1091

2012 - 2013

244

23%

833

77%

1077

2013 - 2014

215

13%

1456

87%

1671

2014 - 2015

313

23%

1031

77%

1344

2015 - 2016

424

30%

978

70%

1402

2016 - 2017

231

10%

2196

90%

2427

2017 - 2018

272

32%

591

68%

863

2018 - 2019

232

7%

3226

93%

3458

2019 - 2020 354 17% 1642 83% 1996

Total

4,065

16%

20,973

84%

25,039

Annual average

254

 

1,311

 

1565

Source: Summary of housing completions 2004 to 2019: Sheet 3: major development; Sheet 4: minor development

5.3 Source of new homes – types of development

The majority of new self-contained homes delivered through the planning system were new-build, accounting for 86% (gross) and 87% (net) of all new homes completed during the 16-year period (Table 18 and 19). The other new homes were created through the conversion and extension of existing homes or residential floor space (8% gross and 5% net) and a change of use from non-residential floor space (7% gross and 8% net). Units created from the “other” were a combination of two or more above development types.

Table 18 - Source of new homes - types of development (gross completions)

Financial Year
(1 April to 31 March)

New build

Conversion

Change of use

Extension

Others

Total

2004 - 2005

1496

118

187

25

0

1826

2005 - 2006

1482

96

175

20

0

1773

2006 - 2007

1949

135

108

56

0

2248

2007 - 2008

1492

112

122

27

0

1753

2008 - 2009

871

152

88

23

0

1134

2009 - 2010

1198

93

104

9

0

1404

2010 - 2011

1348

92

75

28

0

1543

2011 - 2012

931

145

116

7

0

1199

2012 - 2013

1060

90

60

8

0

1218

2013 - 2014

1570

65

87

23

0

1745

2014 - 2015

1333

90

182

16

0

1621

2015 - 2016

1379

90

294

99

0

1862

2016 - 2017

2330

102

80

33

0

2545

2017 - 2018

713

72

87

28

1

901

2018 - 2019

3423

45

70

44

5

3587

2019 - 2020

1710 118 129 80 5 2042

Total

24,285

1,615

1,964

526

11

28,401

Annual average

1518

101

123

33

1

1775

%

86%

6%

7%

2%

0%

100%

Source: Summary of housing completions 2004 to 2019: Sheet 6: development type

Table 19 - Source of new homes - types of development (net completions)

Financial Year
(1 April to 31 March)

New build

Conversion

Change of use

Extension

Others

Total

2004 - 2005

973

43

186

25

0

1227

2005 - 2006

1166

58

173

-3

0

1394

2006 - 2007

1741

56

106

55

0

1958

2007 - 2008

1066

38

119

26

0

1249

2008 - 2009

851

83

86

21

0

1041

2009 - 2010

1187

39

99

8

0

1333

2010 - 2011

1241

51

72

27

0

1391

2011 - 2012

912

57

111

4

0

1084

2012 - 2013

972

40

58

-5

0

1065

2013 - 2014

1538

28

82

21

0

1669

2014 - 2015

982

39

179

16

0

1216

2015 - 2016

984

24

289

93

0

1390

2016 - 2017

2265

59

78

30

0

2432

2017 - 2018

706

43

86

25

-1

859

2018 - 2019

3084

15

70

39

0

3208

2019 - 2020

1664 118 129 80 5 1996

Total

31,375

765

1,923

462

4

24,512

Annual average

1333

49

120

28

1

1532

%

87%

3%

8%

2%

0%

100%

Source: Summary of housing completions 2004 to 2019: sheet 6: development types)

5.4 Proportion of flats and houses completed

Over the 16-year reporting period, 96% of the new homes built were flats, maisonettes, studios or bedsit units or live/work units, representing 24,512 new homes. The remaining 4% (over 1,077 units) of the total were new houses, each with their own front door on the ground floor and their own roof.  

Table 20 - Net completion breakdown of flats and houses

Financial Year
(1 April to 31 March)

Flats

Houses

Total

2004 - 2005

1050

177

1227

2005 - 2006

1213

181

1394

2006 - 2007

1910

48

1958

2007 - 2008

1212

37

1249

2008 - 2009

1012

29

1041

2009 - 2010

1306

27

1333

2010 - 2011

1364

27

1391

2011 - 2012

1042

42

1084

2012 - 2013

1001

64

1065

2013 - 2014

1613

56

1669

2014 - 2015

1139

77

1216

2015 - 2016

1311

79

1390

2016 - 2017

2384

48

2432

2017 - 2018

812

47

859

2018 - 2019

3107

101

3208

2019 - 2020

1959 37 1996

Total

23,435

1,077

24,512

Annual average

1,465

67

1,532

%

96%

4%

100%

Source: Summary of housing completions 2004 to 2019: Sheet 5: unit type

Page last updated: 22 February 2022

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