Housing supply stats show 2% rise
The government that runs the UK – although, at the time of writing, it looks like there might not be any of it left by this afternoon – has released the latest housing supply figures for England.
According to the stats, the country’s supply amounted to 222,190 net additional dwellings in 2017-18, up 2% on 2016-17, and made up of: 195,290 new builds; 29,720 non-domestic to residential switches; 4,550 conversions between houses and flats; and 680 other gains (caravans, house boats etc.).
The net figures were offset by 8,050 demolitions.
Additionally, 13,526 of the new dwellings resulting from change of use were through ‘permitted development rights’ (full planning permission not required), comprising 11,555 additional dwellings from former offices; 743 from agricultural buildings; 218 from storage buildings; 110 from light industrial buildings; and 900 from other non-domestic buildings.
Housing secretary James Brokenshire, who was still in his post at the time of writing, is delighted with the figures. Said he: ‘Today’s 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.’