Last year up to 4,365 premises were converted in to living spaces – an increase of up to 18 per cent since 2003. The National Bureau of Statistics has calculated that housing associations are responsible for over half of the conversions in areas where there are large blocks of flats.
These blocks typically contain apartments with two rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. The NBS also reported that there fewer old blocks than before are being demolished. Seventy-one percent fewer buldings were demolished last year than in 2000.