Historic properties are now the second largest provider of new housing stock in England, after new builds as a fifth of all residential stock in England built before 1919 has provided 51,110 new homes between 2012 and 2018.
A new report featured by 24housing and published by Historic England on behalf of the Historic Environment Forum, shows a fifth (22%) of all residential stock in England built before 1919 provided 51,110 new homes between 2012 and 2018 – up from 5,053,970 to 5,105,080.
The report reveals the number of pre-1919 properties in England has increased by 51,110 since 2012 – the only age grouping to show an increase in that time barring brand-new homes built since 2010.
In Stockport, a number of historic properties either have been, or are in the process of being developed
Work to breathe new life into and transform the White Lion Stockport – the oldest tavern in the town – has begun setting the standard in quality town centre living.
Over the next 12 months, a partnership between Stockport Council and Laurus Homes, will convert the 15th century White Lion Stockport pub into 11 high quality apartments above a new ground floor restaurant premises.
When complete, the £2.4m restoration of the Grade II listed building will feature seven one-bed, three two-bed and one two-bed duplex apartments all set above a new restaurant, creating a modern place for people to live and visit in the heart of Stockport’s Underbanks, with links across the whole town centre.
Location of new builds corresponds with historic towns and cities
The location of many new builds corresponds with historic towns and cities such as Brighton, Norwich and Bristol, where larger homes are potentially being subdivided into flats and smaller dwellings.
Other locations include former industrial cities such as Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester where ex-industrial warehouses, factories and mills are being converted into multiple options.
Stockport Council’s priorities to achieve its town centre housing
In March 2018, property professionals and stakeholders joined Councillor Alex Ganotis, Leader of Stockport Council, and Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, in Redrock’s new The Light Cinema where they heard about Stockport’s ambitious vision for town centre housing.
Councillor Ganotis, Leader of Stockport Council said:
“Town centre living is changing and the demand for homes in the heart of Stockport is continually growing. This is great news and presents significant opportunities for us right here, right now to continue with our development work, making Stockport a vibrant and popular place to live, work, play and connect 24/7.
“We want to make sure that we are in a position to capitalise on this demand, and that Stockport becomes the leading town centre living location in South Manchester. At the Town Centre Living Summit we set out how we will work in partnership with investors, developers and the Mayor to accelerate our vision of new quality homes, amenities and open space for Stockport town centre.”