UK report reveals the economic benefits of new home building

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House builders in the UK are providing more than just homes with a new report revealing the extent of the benefits. The report from the Home Builders Federation, says that for example, in the South East of England where there is a shortage of new homes, last year some 22,470 homes were started by private house builders, the public sector and housing associations in the sector. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Based on the findings of the report, the economic footprint of this house building meant that 96,621 jobs were supported, 899 graduates and apprentices positions were created, and 966,210 new trees or shrubs were planted. It also shows that £36,109,290 was contributed towards education in the area, £28,896,420 in extra council tax revenue was generated plus £224,700,000 in other tax contributions, and some £21,031,920 went towards new open spaces, community spaces or sports facilities, or enhancing existing resources through Local Authorities. On top of this 5,168 new affordable homes were built and payments of £497,553,210 were made to local authorities for further provision of new affordable homes. While house building is increasingly being recognised as a key driver of economic growth, there are still not enough new homes being built in the region, the report points out. In the South East, this manifests itself as a shortfall of 12,011 homes every year. If the region was to meet this need, the knock-on economic benefits would be 51,648 jobs created, 480 graduates and apprentices positions created, 516,482 trees and shrubs planted, and £19,301,998 going towards education in the area. There would be £15,446,403 in extra council tax revenue, £120,112,000 in extra tax contributions, £11,242,483 contributed to open spaces, community, sport and leisure facilities, 2,763 affordable homes built and payments of £265,964,002 to local authorities for further provision of new affordable homes. 'House building makes a huge, but largely hidden, social and economic contribution to the South East. And whilst housing output in the region has increased, we are still not delivering anywhere near what is needed' said Stewart Baseley, executive chairman at HBF. 'As well as delivering desperately needed new homes, increasing housing supply would deliver significant additional benefits for everyone living in the region. As well as providing desperately needed new homes, increasing house building would deliver massive additional benefits to communities across the land,' he explained. 'People often don't realise that the new community centre or school or football pitch has been paid for as a direct results of new homes. Ultimately, providing new homes for people also means better facilities for the wider community. These are the very things that turn a collection of houses into communities; brand new places where people want to live,' he added. Neal Hudson, associate director at real estate firm Savills, pointed out that house prices in the South East have risen by 17.3% over the last two years. 'However, the performance of markets within a region can vary substantially. These variations are determined by the economic, demographic and affordability profile of demand… Continue reading →

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