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14,289 homes delivered between April and September by Homes England

Words: Laura Edgar

Homes England's housing programmes resulted in 14,289 completed homes between 1 April and 30 September 2021 - higher than the comparable period in 2020.

A further 13,229 homes were started on site through programmes run by the government housing body.

Noting the increase in both starts and completions are higher campared to the same period in 2020. Homes England said it shows the industry is "beginning to recover" from delays to construction as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to statistics published on the UK Government website, the number of affordable homes completed during the period was 10,007 - or 70 per cent of finished builds (a 23 per cent increase on 2020). The number of affordable homes started but not completed, however, was 7 per cent down on 2020, at 9,255.

The number of affordable starts was thus the lowest since 2017/18, said Homes England. It attributed this to the closure of bidding for the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme (SOAHP) 2016/21 in March 2021.

Peter Denton, chief executive at Homes England, said: “The statistics show positive signs that housebuilding is beginning to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the pressures still faced by the industry, it’s clear that our partners are working incredibly hard to build the new homes the country needs.

“As the new Affordable Homes Programme swings into action, we look forward to working with ambitious housebuilders of all shapes and sizes, to help them realise their development ambitions and support the government’s housing objectives.”

The affordable housing statistics for 1 April and 30 September 2021 broken down:

  • 1,656 affordable homes started were for affordable rent, 50 per cent less than the 3,322  delivered in the same period in 2020.
  • 1,472 homes were started under schemes, including shared ownership and rent to buy.
  • 5,259 homes were started which are defined as ‘affordable tenure TBC’, meaning homes for which the tenure is not known until completion.
  • 868 homes were started for social rent, which is 80 per cent more than the 483 started in the first half of last year.
  • 5,346 completed homes were for affordable rent.
  • 3,506 completed homes were under Intermediate Affordable Housing schemes.
  • 1,155 social rent homes were completed, 62 per cent more than the first half of last year.

Housing Statistics December 2021 can be found on the UK Government (pdf).

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