30 Apr

Disappointing house numbers revealed

Disappointing house numbers revealed

The number of new homes being created in England has increased by less than one per cent, according to the latest official figures.

In the year ending March 2015, there was a 0.73 per cent increase in the number of homes created - equal to 171,000 properties.

The data from the Department for Communities and Local Government reveals house building levels were well below government targets, despite a number of new initiatives designed to create new housing developments across the country.

Figures did show there was a fall in the number of empty homes in England, with a decrease of 1.6 per cent compared to the previous 12 months.

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis stressed that the government was still committed to increasing housing stock and that the number of new homes being built is set to be the strongest increase in a number of years.

“We are turning around the housing market and making sure the best use is made of all housing including empty homes. We are very clear that a house should be a home which is why we have taken action to stop homes being bought up and left as an empty investment,” he explained.

“And we’ve taking forward the boldest ambition for housing in a generation, doubling the budget so we can help a million more people into home ownership, while delivering a bigger, and better private rental sector,” he added.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801817783-ADNFCR

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