222,000 new homes delivered last year

New figures showing that over 222,000 new homes were delivered in 2017 to 2018 have been welcomed by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire.

The figures demonstrate the highest level of new homes delivered across England in all but one of the last 31 years and brings the total number of additional homes delivered since 2010 to 1.3 million. Whether the aim to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s is achievable remains unclear.

The 222,190 net additions over the past year resulted from: 195,290 new build homes, 29,720 gains from change of use between non-domestic and residential, 4,550 from conversions between houses and flats and 680 other gains – offset by 8,050 demolitions.

Brokenshire said: “These figures are great news and show another yearly increase in the number of new homes delivered, but we are determined to do more to keep us on track to deliver the homes communities need. That’s why we have set out an ambitious package of measures to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s. This includes over £44 billion investment, rewriting the planning rules and scrapping the borrowing cap so councils can deliver a new generation of council housing.”

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