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The Importance of Housing Data and Intelligence

Suitable housing is seen by many as a right, and key to the long term economic, social and environmental wellbeing of Lincolnshire. Housing is a complex topic with the potential to impact on a wide range of planning and policy areas. The number of homes needed, where to build, and their suitability to meet the needs of the population are decisions that are all complicated by factors such as changes to population, demography and migration, the quality of our current housing stock, the economy, and climate change. People need homes that are decent, affordable, the right size, in the right location, warm, accessible and safe. Planning for such needs is challenging because it’s not only about current and short term needs, but also about future needs in an environment that is changing rapidly.

It is recognised that in order to ensure current housing stock is utilised and developed effectively, and we plan for the future in a sustainable manner, good quality and up-to-date housing data and intelligence is vital.

Sources of Housing Data and Information

There are a number of sources of housing information which are produced by different organisations and in some cases are regularly updated and revised.

Housing Need

The data set at the bottom of this theme page provides information on population and household trends. This data is produced nationally by the Office for National Statistics and is based on projecting what has happened in the past into the future. It therefore does not take into account where new houses will be built. For more information on understanding population data see the Population Theme Page.

Housing Markets

At the bottom of this page are a selection of key indicators covering housing markets. This includes the number of dwellings by type (i.e. detached, bungalows, flats.....), the amount of general need and supported social housing, private rent rates, average house prices, and information about council tax bands. Please note that although the monthly average house prices are only available at county level, district level data is available for the annual average. Strategic Housing Market Assessments are currently being prepared for Central and Coastal Lincolnshire and will be available here when they are finalised.

Housing Deprivation

Data and modelled estimates on such things as fuel poverty, hard to heat homes, mortgage repossession, house price to earnings ratios, and benefit claimants can be found in the data set at the end of page. More information on understanding deprivation can be found on our Deprivation and Poverty Theme Page.

Housing Condition

Lincolnshire Private Sector House Condition Survey contains information on the condition of owner occupied and privately rented homes in Lincolnshire. This is based on the House Condition Survey (HCS) which was carried out in 2009.

Housing Strategy

The Lincolnshire Housing Strategy and baseline report were published in 2009 and are complemented by a number of other strategies including homelessness, supporting people and older people. Information on local planning priorities can be found on the Local District Council websites (see side panel) and Lincolnshire County Council website.

Housing in the Wider Context

The Local Economic Assessment and Economy Theme Page provides an overview of the Lincolnshire economy in which housing plays a part. The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment on the LRO provides an overview of health and care needs in Lincolnshire and has a specific topic on Housing. The LRO also contains a wide variety of housing related intelligence including reports, strategies and articles – simply search for housing.

Most of the data is available at district level and in some cases at ward level. If you need to look in more detail at a specific geographic area use the drop down list on that set at the bottom of the page. Other profiles are available from the tools and toolkits menu to access Area Profiles.

It is intended to include more locally provided data as it becomes available which will include for example more detailed and up to date information about stock condition, social housing and occupancy rates. If you are aware of any other useful source of data or toolkits that you would like to see included please let us know.

Additional Information

We have brought together selected key housing indicators on the LRO to provide an overview of housing in Lincolnshire in one place. If you require more detailed or wider ranging data the following websites may be of assistance:

Department for Communities and Local Government - Housing Page, provides a wide range of housing data to download.  This includes from the Housing Flows Reconciliation returns – annual returns by Local Authority which are used to create data on net supply of housing.

Shelter Housing Databank - Housing and homeless charity, Housing databank provides access to a wide range of data on housing need, affordability, supply and social welfare.

CORE (continuous recording) is a national information source funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG). It records information on the features of the tenants of both housing associations and local authority new social housing and the homes they rent and buy.  The site contains an interactive tool that allows analysis of data at district level.

NROSH+ (National Register Of Social Housing) collects information about social-housing properties from England's local authorities (LAs) and registered social landlords (RSLs).    The site contains Statistical Data Returns (SDS) which replaces the Regulatory Statistical Returns (RSR) survey which closed in 2011 (see above). Full data returns for 2011/2012 are available on this website.

HI4EM (Housing Intelligence for the East Midlands) provides a wide range of data relating to housing markets and private sector housing conditions in the region.  

The Homes and Communities Agency assumed responsibility for social housing providers from April 2012 and replaces the functions and role previously undertaken by The Tenants Services Authority from whom historic data and details of past activity are available.

Department for Energy and Climate Change - For information on fuel poverty and domestic energy consumption.


DECC Interactive Heat Map


Lincolnshire Housing Strategy 2009-14

Lincolnshire Housing Strategy - Base line Report The evidence base on which the housing strategy was built.

Lincolnshire Private Sector House Condition Survey Information on the condition of owner occupied and privately rented housing stock.

Lincolnshire Affordable Warmth Strategy 2010-2016


See the main housing indicators at the bottom of this page

Interactive mapping and data analysis

More Information

Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) - Housing Topic

ONS - Household Projections

MHCLG - Housing Statistics

ONS - House price statistics for small areas

ONS Housing Statistics portal

ONS Housing Data Finder (Excel)

ONS - House prices interactive map

Government Statistical Service (GSS) - UK Housing and Planning Statistics

National Land Use Survey- Local Authority survey of brownfield land

DECC Heatmap- interactive guide to energy consumption

District Councils and Joint Planning Units for information on local plans:

Area Profiles