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Significant increase in new housing activity in Northern Ireland

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Work began on more than 1,800 new houses in Northern Ireland in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 16 per cent on the figures for the same period last year, according to the latest official figures.

The majority of the 2017 housing starts - 1,699 - were in the private sector.

During 2016/17 there were a total of 1,604 new social housing dwelling starts and 1,387 new social housing dwelling completions, the figures highlighted.

The statistics also showed that work started on a total of 7,724 new houses during 2016/17, the best performance since 2010/11.

However, this compares to more than 15,000 starts in 2005, which was the peak year.

Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin January - March 2017 can be found on the Department for Communities website.

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