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There were over 131,000 new homes completed in the UK in the last 12 months, some 15% higher than in the previous year and the highest annual total since June 2009, the latest figures shows. Housing Minister Brandon Lewis welcomed the figures but promised that the rate of new building would keep rising to meet the government’s target of 275,000 per year by 2020 which he said would represent the fastest rate of building for 20 years. ‘This has provided a real boost to the UK’s construction industry and is delivering the homes that hard-working people rightly deserve. However, we know there is more to do,’ he said. Part of that will be to boost the number of starter homes for first time buyers and he pointed out that some £10 million has been made available to bring forward brownfield sites to build new home which will be available to young first time buyers at a 20% discount. The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics have shown that output in the construction industry increased by 2.7% in June compared to the same month last year. Work on private new housing between April and June rose by nearly 3.9% on the previous quarter. Lewis said that the government has also given local people the powers they need to drive forward housing development with the number of homes in locally led plans up by a quarter. Before March 2012 the average number of homes planned for by local authorities stood at 573 per year. But he explained that radical reforms put Local Plans and housing delivery at the heart of the planning system and this has helped expand the housing pipeline with those Local Plans published after the reforms containing on average 717 homes per year. Continue reading →
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