A new study says that we will need another 4.5 million homes over the next three decades. The report from Urban Futures points to population growth and increasing life expectancy and shows a marked departure from the predictions that had historically been reported. The generation that followed the baby boomers was smaller in number, leading to forecasts that there would be a meltdown in the housing market as the boomers vacated their homes. However growing families and strong immigration has changed that. Urban Futures says there have been 2.2 million extra occupied homes since 2000, or around 185,000 per year on average and with a large number of seniors living longer and being able to stay in their homes for longer, this figure is edging higher. The study predicts that 82 per cent of those in homes today will still be alive in 2033 and 73 per cent by 2041. With net migration around 1 million it’s easy to see how the figures stack up. Read the full report.