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Homes England completed 37,164 houses last year

Words: Laura Edgar
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Programmes being delivered by Homes England completed 37,164 houses between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022, 26,485 (71 per cent) of which are affordable.

The statistical release from the government's housing agency also shows that between them all Homes England programmes started building on 38,436 homes.

Overall starts and completions increased in 2021-2022 compared to the previous year, which was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Of the 38,436 homes started, Homes England notes that 72 per cent were for affordable homes. The figure represents a 2 per cent decline occurred compared to the previous year, but this was expected as bidding closed for the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme (SOAHP) 2016-21 while the build-up of starts from the newly launched Affordable Homes Programme (AHP) 2021-26 is "gradual".

The statistics also show that:

 5,606 of the affordable homes started in 2021-22 were for affordable rent;

4,778 were under schemes including shared ownership and rent to buy;

15,144 were defined as ‘affordable tenure TBC’ homes; and

1,981 were for social rent, a 23 per cent decrease on the previous year.


In terms of completed homes,

13,929 were for affordable rent, an increase of 5 per cent on the previous year;

9,479 were completed under intermediate affordable housing schemes; and 

3,077 were for social rent, 62 per cent more compared to the previous year.


Peter Denton, chief executive of Homes England, said: "The statistics show the incredible strides the housing industry has made to recover from the slowdown and subsequent supply issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

"During the last period we began taking applications for grant funding through the new £8.6 billion Affordable Homes Programme and announced the new tranche of 31 strategic partnerships we have formed that will provide public and private sector partner organisations with the tools they need to plan and act strategically, shaping their communities and building up to 90,000 new homes.

"Housing is a central part of Levelling Up, and as we continue to support the government’s ambitions in this area, our work with partners from across the sector will be key to creating the homes and neighbourhoods the country needs, in the places that people want to live."

More information can be found on the UK Government website.

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