Property News & Views
Are bungalows in short supply and losing favour? —
17th Apr 2018
Although it's been recognised for a long time
that the UK has an ageing population, it seems that we're now facing a
specific housing shortage that hasn't been addressed.
Over the past 30 years, the number of bungalows built each year has steadily dropped, reaching a figure of just 2,210 in 2016. Given the UK's growing number of elderly citizens and the increase in longevity, this decline in traditional pensioner-friendly accommodation could pose serious problems for the future development of the housing market.
The rationale behind this move seems to be that
house builders would much prefer to build blocks of flats for the elderly
rather than construct single-storey properties with gardens. If this trend
continues, then new bungalows could soon be a thing of the past.
In around three-quarters of our major towns and
cities, bungalows now account for less than 10% of all houses on the market. In
Greater London, fewer than 1% of all homes listed for sale are bungalows.
However, local estate agent Peter Scott from
Peter Scott Estate Agents commented - In Chalfont St Peter and Chalfont St Giles we are quite fortunate with
our supply of bungalows. Many developments in the 1960s were built with
bungalows in mind with roads like Wheatley Way, Tripps Hill Close, The Lagger,
Parsonage Road and Peterhill Close mean the area has a higher than average
Many would argue that we need more bungalows, not
fewer. Purpose-built bungalows allow older owners to move into smaller,
easier to maintain units, which in turn frees up large homes to meet the
housing market needs of growing families. A continuing lack of suitable
properties could force many older people into care earlier than they would
If you are exclusively looking for a bungalow
Peter Scott Estate Agents can help you. We offer a house buying service - tell us
exactly where you want to live and we will do the rest by canvasing for you.
For further details whether buying or selling contact us on 01494 870 633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org