The Council has commissioned Building Research Establishment (BRE) to undertake a private sector housing stock condition survey.
The headline results for Newcastle under Lyme shows that:
- There are 5,761 dwellings in the private rented sector, and 1,140 of these have category 1 Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) hazards. This equates to 20 per cent of properties in the private rented sector.
- The highest concentrations of fuel poverty (LIHC) in the private stock are in the wards of Town, Loggerheads and Whitmore and Halmerend.
- The highest concentrations of excess cold in the private sector are found in the wards of Loggerheads and Whitmore, Keele and Halmerend.
- The geographical distribution of excess cold hazards suggests the highest concentrations are in the more rural areas of Newcastle-under-Lyme.
- The highest concentrations of all HHSRS hazards in the private sector are found in the wards of Loggerheads and Whitmore, Halmerend and Keele (note that Keele ward has a small number of properties compared to the other wards).
- For fall hazards, the highest concentrations are found in the wards of Town, Wolstanton and Halmerend.
- Compared to England and the West Midlands region, Newcastle-under-Lyme has a higher number of fall hazards.
- There are higher levels of dwellings in disrepair in Town, Wolstanton and Cross Heath wards.
- The average SimpleSAP ratings for all private sector dwellings in Newcastle-under-Lyme is 55, which is the same as both England and West Midlands region. For the owner occupied stock in Newcastle-under-Lyme the figure is 55 and for the private rented sector it is 53.
- Other than for the low income households indicator, the private rented sector stock performs considerably worse than the other tenures.
- The total cost of mitigating category one hazards in Newcastle-under-Lyme’s private sector stock is estimated to be £17.1 million.
- 9.5 per cent (4,156) of private sector dwellings and 12.7 per cent (730) of private rented dwellings in Newcastle-under-Lyme are estimated to have an EPC rating below band E. These properties would not be eligible to be rented out after 2018.
It is anticipated that the detailed housing stock information provided in the BRE report will facilitate the delivery of Newcastle-under-Lyme’s housing strategy and enable a targeted intervention approach to improving housing.
The Private Sector Housing Stock Condition Survey Report is available above under useful documents.
Last updated 7 February 2017