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Home is where the heart is – and there are nearly 350,000 of them in Suffolk.

Suffolk Observatory holds a host of information on housing and households, with data on the type and tenure of homes in the county also logged.

In 2021, there were 349,940 properties across the county.

Housing around Moreton Hall in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mecha Morton
Housing around Moreton Hall in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mecha Morton

From April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021, the annual net additional dwellings number – the change in housing stock including new builds, conversions and non-residential buildings brought into use, minus any demolitions or other losses – was 3,167 extra homes in Suffolk.

Meanwhile, between October 2020 and September 2021 the median price of a property in Suffolk was £275,000.

So, how do those figures break down?

Marham Park development, off Mildenhall Road, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mark Westley
Marham Park development, off Mildenhall Road, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mark Westley

Of the 349,940 homes, 59,750 (17 per cent) were bungalows, 44,510 (13 per cent) were flats/maisonettes, 83,460 (24 per cent) were terraced homes, 76,400 (22 per cent) were semi-detached houses and 80,290 (23 per cent) were detached homes.

Residential property prices and sales

In Suffolk, according to data from HM Land Registry, the median detached home property price from October 2020-September 2021 was £380,000 (England £399,950, West Suffolk £373,750, Mid Suffolk £395,000 and Babergh £410,000); semi-detached properties £247,500 (England £254,000, West Suffolk £255,000, Mid Suffolk £250,000 and Babergh £280,000); terraced homes £210,000 (England £227,500, West Suffolk £220,000, Mid Suffolk £214,250 and Babergh £235,000); and flats or maisonettes £145,000 (England £240,000, West Suffolk £165,500, Mid Suffolk £127,000 and Babergh £147,500).

Between October 2020 and September 2021 the median price of a property in Suffolk was £275,000. Picture: Mecha Morton
Between October 2020 and September 2021 the median price of a property in Suffolk was £275,000. Picture: Mecha Morton

Where your money might go further

In Suffolk there are some property hotspots where you can expect to pay more – Southwold is a prime example, where the median property price from October 2020-September 2021 was £506,000 – but for those wishing to get on the property ladder there are locations where your money goes further.

While the average property price on Moreton Hall, in Bury St Edmunds, is £300,000, if you travel down the road to Eastgate ward that average falls to £241,500.

Meanwhile, in Mildenhall’s Great Heath ward the average property price is £190,000, beaten by £188,250 in Brandon West.

The adage ‘location, location, location’ is true – especially when it comes to making your budget stretch, or blowing it entirely.

From April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021, the annual net additional dwellings number was 3,167 extra homes in Suffolk. Picture: Mecha Morton
From April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021, the annual net additional dwellings number was 3,167 extra homes in Suffolk. Picture: Mecha Morton

Average house prices (October 2020-September 2021) by ward

Abeygate £303,000

Bacton £343,000

Bardwell £387,500

Barningham £330,000

Barrow £440,000

Battisford and Ringshall £450,000

Brandon East £210,250

Brandon West £188,250

Bures St Mary and Nayland £387,500

Combs Ford £231,750

Eastgate £241,500

Elmswell and Woolpit £325,000

Gislingham £360,000

Haughley, Stowupland and Wetherden £305,000

Haverhill central £210,000

Horringer £365,000

Ixworth £373,750

Kentford and Moulton £402,500

Lakenheath £222,500

Lavenham £370,000

Moreton Hall £300,000

Mildenhall Great Heath £190,000

Mildenhall Kingsway and Market £245,000

Mildenhall Queensway £285,000

Minden £330,000

Needham Market £238,500

Pakenham and Troston £330,000

Rattlesden £401,250

Risby £431,800

Southwold £506,000

Stanton £245,000

St Olaves £220,000

The Fornhams and Great Barton £425,000

Thurston £329,000

Tollgate £237,250

Western Felixstowe £229,475

Woodbridge £375,000

Westgate £265,000

The average property price on Moreton Hall, in Bury St Edmunds, is £300,000. Picture: Mecha Morton
The average property price on Moreton Hall, in Bury St Edmunds, is £300,000. Picture: Mecha Morton

Council Tax bandings

2021 data held by the Valuation Office Agency, which has responsibility for placing dwellings into Council Tax bands on the basis of their value, shows that across the county 20 per cent of properties are in band A, compared to 14 per cent of all homes across the East of England and 24 per cent in England.

Thirty per cent of the county’s homes are in band B, compared to 21 per cent across the East of England (EoE) and 20 per cent in England.

Twenty per cent of Suffolk’s homes are in Band C (26 per cent EoE, 22 per cent England) and 14 per cent in band D (18 per cent EoE, 16 per cent England).

Nine per cent of the properties in Suffolk are in band E (11 per cent EoE, 10 per cent England), four per cent in band F (EoE six per cent, England five per cent) two per cent in band G (EoE four per cent, England also four per cent).

Finally there are 750 band H homes in the county– not even one per cent – compared to one per cent in band H across the East of England and England.

Thirty per cent of the county’s homes are in band B. Picture: Mecha Morton
Thirty per cent of the county’s homes are in band B. Picture: Mecha Morton

Household size

The average household size in Suffolk is 2.3, with 2.8 bedrooms per household and 5.7 rooms per household.

Across the East of England these figures are 2.4, 2.7 and 5.4.

Meanwhile, in West Suffolk the average household size is the same as the county average at 2.3, with 2.8 bedrooms per household and 5.7 rooms per household. In Mid Suffolk the numbers are 2.4, 3 and 6.2, and in Babergh 2.3, 3 and 6.

The average household size in Suffolk is 2.3, with 2.8 bedrooms per household and 5.7 rooms per household. Picture: Mecha Morton
The average household size in Suffolk is 2.3, with 2.8 bedrooms per household and 5.7 rooms per household. Picture: Mecha Morton

Ownership and tenancy

How many of the county’s homes are owned outright, owned with a mortgage, rented – including the type of landlord – or for the lucky few, rent-free?

In Suffolk in 2011 (the latest data available through Suffolk Observatory), 111,081 people (35.7 per cent) owned their homes outright (32.9 per cent EoE, 30.6 per cent England) while the number of homes owned with a mortgage or loan in Suffolk was 97,912, or 31.5 per cent (EoE 34.7 per cent, England 32.8 per cent).

The number of shared ownership homes – part-owned/part rented – was 2,068, or 0.7 per cent (EoE 0.7 per cent, England 0.8 per cent).

Private rented through a landlord or letting agency applied to 43,399 households, or 14 per cent (EoE 13.3 per cent, England 15.4 per cent) and there were 5,089 homes, or 1.6 per cent in the private rented other category (EoE 1.4 per cent, England 1.4 per cent).

There were 46,101 social rented homes, or 14.8 per cent (EoE 15.7, England 17.7) and 23,681 homes – 7.6 per cent – in the social rented from council/local authority category (EoE 7.8 per cent, England 9.4 per cent).

‘Social rented: other’ covered 22,420 homes, or 7.2 per cent (EoE 7.9 per cent, England 8.3 per cent) and across Suffolk there were 5,095 households – 1.6 per cent– living rent-free (EoE 1.3 per cent and in England 1.3 per cent).

Homelessness

In Suffolk, in 2017/18, 640 people – or two per cent of the population – were accepted as being homeless and in priority need.

In West Suffolk the figure was 241, or 3.2 per cent, in Mid Suffolk it was 59, or 1.4 per cent, and in Babergh 72, or 1.8 per cent.

Across the East of England, the figure was 56,580, or 2.4 per cent

In Suffolk in 2011, 111,081 people (35.7 per cent) owned their homes outright. Picture: Mecha Morton
In Suffolk in 2011, 111,081 people (35.7 per cent) owned their homes outright. Picture: Mecha Morton

Annual net additional dwellings in Suffolk by year

2001-02 2,688

2002-03 3,037

2003-04 3,010

2004-05 2,672

2005-06 3,701

2006-07 4,511

2007-08 4,594

2008-09 3,471

2009-10 2,540

2010-11 2,458

2011-12 1,882

2012-13 1,609

2013-14 1,842

2014-15 2,217

2015-16 2,268

2016-17 2,335

2017-18 2,381

2018-19 3,237

2019-20 2,872

2020-21 3,167