The number of new homes being built in England has risen 11% in a year, to the highest annual total in eight years. The latest DCLG statistics on housebuilding in England shows 189,650 dwellings were created in the period with 163,940 new build homes and 30,600 conversions.
The figures are the third consecutive year-on-year increase. Housing Minister Gavin Barwell said: “We promised to turbocharge house building so more people can have the security of their own home, and that is exactly what we are doing with the biggest increase in the number of new homes in many years.”
Recognising more still needs to be done he continued: “We know there is more to do to ensure the housing market works for everyone and not just the privileged few and we will be setting our further details in our housing white paper shortly.”
Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the Home Builders Federation said; “These figures provide the best evidence to date as to how much house builders have ramped up housing supply. The Government’s ambitious target to build one million homes over the course of this parliament is now within reach.”
The figures mean more than 893,000 homes have been delivered in England since 2010.