Crisis in New Homes …

08 May Crisis in New Homes …

The number of new homes built in England fell to a record low in the past year, down 23% on 2008/9. Just 128,680 net additional dwellings were provided in 2009/10 compared with around 167,000 in 2008/9. The previous record low was 130,510 in 2001/02. Numbers fell on the previous year in every English region. The North-West saw the largest annual decrease (38%), followed by the South-East (32%). The figures were published by Communities and Local Government just after the Coalition announced large cuts to housing budgets in the Spending Review. Housebuilders across the country have been warning that action is needed to halt the decline and avoid deepening the housing crisis. Five months after scrapping housing targets, local councils and builders are still waiting for the introduction of the new national planning framework and the promised New Homes Bonus incentive for housebuilding. Stewart Baseley, chairman of the Home Builders Federation, said: “There is no doubt that the previous planning system was not succeeding in delivering enough homes – but housing delivery, crucial to solving the housing crisis, is not yet increasing, and in many areas has actually fallen. “These figures reveal the extent of the housing supply problem and the need for real action now, cutting red tape and implementing incentives so we can build the homes the country needs.” Sarah Cassidy at Place said: “There is no doubt that the combination of a difficult planning regime and the general economy has seen a huge drop in the number of new home starts being made by developers. At Place we are delighted that our land and new homes operation are still managing to create opportunities through a combination of excellent local knowledge and sheer hard work!


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