Housing options in Queens are dominated by single-detached dwellings, which make up over 88% of the Region’s 4745 dwellings. Alternatives to single-detached dwellings (e.g. apartments, row houses) are located almost exclusively within Liverpool.
This availability of housing types is in contrast to average household sizes, which are getting smaller. In 2006 the average household had 2.3 people. This had shrunk to 2.1 people in 2016. As we plan for the future we must consider these the available housing stock and ensure planning rules make room for housing forms that meet the needs of all residents.
Also of note within Queens is the lower proportion of dwellings occupied by usual residents. These are the dwellings where people are permanently living. The remaining dwellings are either unoccupied, or are occupied by temporary or foreign persons.
In communities such as Queens, this figure acts as a rough approximation of seasonal dwellings (e.g. cottages and other vacation properties). The relatively high proportion (28%, compared to the NS average of 12%) of dwellings not occupied by usual residents indicates the importance of seasonal residents to the development context of the Region.