Number of new homes at an 11 year high

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has revealed that more than 170,000 new homes were built for the year ending June 2019.

The data is the highest number built over the same period in the last 11 years, showing that a total of 173,660 new homes were built for the year ending June 2019 – representing an eight per cent increase compared with the previous year alone.

Robert Jenrick, Housing Secretary, said: “The data released today is hugely welcome, with the number of new homes built reaching an 11-year high. We are moving in the right direction, but there is still much more to do if we are going to deliver the numbers needed by communities up and down the country.

“I’m determined to deliver homes that are high-quality, well designed and good for the planet. Faster and simpler planning regulations will help us reach that goal, which is why I have announced measures to accelerate planning decisions for homes and reduce the use of unnecessary conditions by up to a third, freeing up developers so they can get on and build in a locally appropriate way.”

Ministers have this week announced new measures as part of the accelerated planning green paper which will quicken the pace of decision making and get shovels in the ground faster.