The amount of homes being built in England is at an 11-year high according to new figures.
In the year between June 2018-19, over 170,000 new homes were built. This is according to data published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
The data shows a total of 173,660 new homes were built – An increase of 8% year-on-year and an 11 year high.
‘The data 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,’ said Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.
‘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,’ he added.
The data also shows that the last year also saw the proportion of family houses built increase to 78% of all the new dwellings delivered in the marketplace, the highest the figure has been since 2000.
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.
New permitted development rights, including allowing the demolition and rebuild of old commercial buildings, as well as requiring councils to meet timescales or refund planning application fees are aimed at getting homes built faster.
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