Department for Communities and Local Government
More homes delivered as government outlines housing vision
New figures show the number of new homes in England has risen by 15% over the past year.
- New figures show 1.1 million additional homes have been built since 2010
- Government takes action against councils that haven’t stepped up to meet the housing challenge
New figures out yesterday (16 November 2017) show the number of new homes in England has risen by 15% over the past year – as government begins to see the results of efforts to get the country building.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid welcomed the figures as he set out next steps in fixing our broken housing market and boost building more homes.
Speaking in Bristol, which in the past year has seen one of the largest increases in England – 30% – in the number of homes, he set out his vision for housing.
He also announced action against 15 local authorities that have failed to produce a local plan setting how and where they expect to meet their residents’ needs for new homes.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said:
These latest figures are clear evidence that this government is turning things around with over 1.1 million homes delivered since 2010.
Steps have been made in the right direction - but I want to see a giant leap, and hundreds of thousands more homes. We owe it to our future generations to fix this broken housing market and help them find a home of their own.
Whilst some councils are recognising their responsibilities and stepping up to meet the housing challenge, too many are still not acting. That’s why I’m stepping in now to make sure they act.
In 2004, the existing procedure for councils to draw up a local plan, setting how and where they expect to meet their residents’ needs for new homes was introduced.
Latest figures published yesterday show that more than 70 local authorities still have not had a local plan adopted and 15 of these are showing particular cause for concern having missed deadlines and failed to make progress.
These 15 local authorities have now been served notice that government has begun the formal process of intervention as set out in the housing white paper.
Without a local plan in place it can mean uncertainty for local people and piecemeal speculative housing development. It can also mean the right investment in local infrastructure isn’t made.
Housing remains the government’s priority – that’s why the Prime Minister last month announced an additional £2 billion funding for affordable housing, increasing the Affordable Homes Programme budget to over £9 billion.
Other steps taken by government include the £3 billion Home Building Fund – set up to increase the number of homes built. We have confirmed that £1.8 million has been committed to deliver over 100,000 new homes.
Government has also provided long-term rent certainty for social landlords, creating a stable investment environment to support councils and housing associations to build more affordable homes.
See the new supply of housing statistics published yesterday.
The 217,350 net additions over the past year resulted from: 183,570 new build homes, 37,190 gains from change of use between non-domestic and residential, 5,680 from conversions between houses and flats and 720 other gains.
In addition there were 4,620 net additional communal units (Table 3), which combined with the number of net additional homes reaches 221,970.
The 15 local authorities we have begun the formal process of considering intervention are: Basildon, Brentwood, Bolsover, Calderdale, Castle Point, Eastleigh, Liverpool, Mansfield, North East Derbyshire, Northumberland, Runnymede, St Albans, Thanet, Wirral and York.
They will now have until 31 January 2018 to explain why they haven’t yet published a plan and provide any exceptional circumstances for why the government shouldn’t intervene. The Communities Secretary would then consider these submissions before deciding whether to use the range of powers he has to direct specific actions on these local authorities. This could ultimately see government take over the process to produce a local plan in a certain area.
Further details are set out in the written ministerial statement.
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