Over 5 million new homes needed in the next two decades

The number of households in England is projected to increase by 5.3 million from 22.7 million to 28 million by 2039.

The latest National Statistics data for England examined a 25-year period between 2014 and 2039 projecting the number of households to increase by an average of 210,000 per year (a 23 per cent increase).

Net migration to England accounts for 37 per cent of the projected increase in population.

One person households are projected to increase by 68,000 per year, a 25 per cent increase from 2014 and 33 per cent of the total increase in households up to 2039.

Much of the growth in one person households is projected in older age groups, with those over 65 increasing by around 43,000 a year – 62 per cent of overall rise in households with one person.

Couple households (without children or other persons) are projected to increase by 47,000 per year (22 per cent of total household growth).

Couples with dependent children are projected to increase by 40,000 per year (19 per cent of household growth).

The figures are based upon the 2014-based sub-national population projections published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in May 2016.