HUNDREDS of households were classed as overcrowded in South Lakeland, according to figures from the 2021 census show.

Figures show around 545 homes were judged to be overcrowded in South Lakeland – 1.1% of all homes in the area.

Meanwhile, 38,595 homes (81%) were classed as 'under-occupied' – meaning they had rooms to spare.

Overcrowding is calculated by looking at how many rooms are available in a residence and assessing whether they are adequate for the number of people living there.

The ONS' figures show renters were more likely to live in crowded accommodation than those who own their own homes.

In South Lakeland, social renters were most likely to struggle for space, with 3.3% impacted.

As of 2021, around 245 households with dependent children were suffering from a lack of space in South Lakeland.

Across England, households comprised of people of black backgrounds had the highest rates of overcrowding, at 16.1% of homes – compared to 4.4% across the general population.