The United Kingdom Department of Communities and Local Government has issued projections indicating that the number of English households will increase by approximately five million — almost a quarter — during the next 22 years.
More specific projections:
- The number of households will increase from 22.3 million in 2012 to 27.5 million in 2037.
- More than 210,000 extra homes will be needed each year.
- Two-thirds of the increase will be due to population growth.
- Average household size will decrease only slightly — from 2.36 to 2.21.
The projections came only days after the Office for National Statistics issued a report indicating that net migration to the United Kingdom had increased to an annual rate of almost 300,000 — the highest number since 2005. Almost half of the approximately 624,000 immigrants who entered the United Kingdom from October 2013 to September 2014 came from outside of the European Union.
The United Kingdom has a higher birth rate and proportion of large families than most other European countries, according to Eurostat.
Simon Ross, chief executive of Population Matters, commented, “This growth will put enormous pressure on housing, services, utilities, amenities and biodiversity. If we are serious about sustainability, slowing population growth is a good place to start. We call on parties to commit to taking action to lower net migration and promote smaller families.”