According to official Government figures, the number of new build homes started in the year up to June 2017 has risen to 164,960. This is an increase of 13% on the previous year, and an increase of more than 75% since the lows of 2009.
Drilling down into the details, the statistics show that 41,180 homes were started in England between April and June 2017 – up 10% from the same quarter last year but down 3% on the preceding three months. Completions rose to hit 40,310 – a 15% increase year-on-year and a 2% rise on the previous quarter.
It is possible however that these figures are actually under-reporting the number of new homes being built. The NHF doesn’t trust them, claiming that the official figures fail to report 30,000 homes each year.
Responding to the official figures, Housing Minister Alok Sharma said
“Building more homes is an absolute priority for this government. Today’s figures are proof that we are getting Britain building again, with new housing starts reaching record levels since 2009.
It’s vital we maintain this momentum to deliver more quality homes in the places that people want to live. Our housing white paper set out an ambitious package of long-term reforms to do just that.”
The figures reveal growth in housebuilding right across the country. Gloucestershire, South Derbyshire and South Norfolk are amongst the strongest areas in delivering high levels of starts.