Housing completions at seven year high

New figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have revealed that the number of newly built homes is at the highest level since 2009.

London and Wakefield were noted for their high levels of completions, with 32 per cent and 59 per cent increases respectively. Notably, Basildon and Haringey saw completions soar 279 per cent and 1,039 per cent respectively in 2015 to 2016, compared to the previous year.

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis said: “We’ve got the country building again and are seeing our housebuilding efforts paying-off with this considerable increase in the number of homes built in just one year.

“This is real progress but there is more to do. That’s why we are going further and increasing our investment in housebuilding to ensure many more hard-working people can benefit.”

The Housing and Planning Act will also aim to deliver a million more homes, and ensure local authorities continue to play an important role in their delivery.