Housebuilders continue to deliver

Government figures show that 217,350 homes were added to the housing stock in England in the last financial year confirming the industry is well on track to smash the ‘one million homes’ target set by Government – helping address the country’s housing crisis and providing an economic boost to UKPLC.

The housebuilding industry has now delivered a 74 per cent increase in supply in the past four years; and with the number of planning permissions granted, a strong indicator of future build levels, at the highest rate on record, increases look set to continue. The figures demonstrate that the industry is responding to Government policies aimed at stimulating supply.

The new figures show:

  • Total housing supply April 16 – March 17 was 227,170 up 14 per cent;
  • Once demolitions are taken off there were 217,350 net additions to the housing stock, up 15 per cent on last year and up 74 per cent in four years
  • 183,570 new build homes were built, up 12 per cent on last year and up 55 per cent in past four years
  • Due to planning reform housebuilders increased the number of conversions and changes of use completed to 17,751

The figures mean that by the end of March 2017, there were 577,690 more homes in England than there were three years ago.

The industry is now calling on Government to use next week’s Budget to deliver further improvements to the policy environment to allow the industry to sustain this fastest rate of growth on record.

The industry is calling on Government to;

  • Provide certainty on the future of Help to Buy post 2021. The scheme has been absolutely key to the big increases in supply today’s figures confirm
  • Remove barriers for SMEs, start-ups and specialist retirement builders so they can play their part in building more homes
  • Push forward proposals in the White Paper to improve the planning system and reduce delays that can add years to when builders can get on and build granted permissions

Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the Home Builders Federation said:

“The housing crisis built up over several decades and will take many years to fix. Today’s statistics illustrate the huge progress being made, and the rapid rate at which builders have responded to positive measures from Government to deliver more and more new homes. It is no coincidence that since reform of the planning system in 2012 and the introduction of the phenomenally successful Help to Buy scheme in 2013, housing supply has increase by a massive 74 per cent.

“The industry is committed to even greater levels of investment to deliver the high quality new homes the country needs to address our housing crisis. As well as delivering much needed homes the industry is also creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs boosting local economies across the country.

“The challenge now is to expand the number of housing suppliers delivering new homes. Government needs to help create the conditions for more specialist developers and smaller firms to invest and grow their output while continuing with the positive environment that has seen larger developers drive increases in supply. Moving forward, the housebuilding industry will play a key role in building a new Britain and driving our post-Brexit economy.”

As well as providing desperately needed new homes, the new figures also reveal the economic boost the industry is giving UKPLC. Every home built supports an estimated 4.3 jobs, and provides investment in infrastructure and social amenities – benefitting local economies across the country.