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15/01/2021

Summer quarter saw housing bounce back

Words: Laura Edgar
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Between July and September 2020, 45,000 homes were completed on site, according to building control figures published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

This is a 185 per cent increase on the number completed between April and June, when England was on its first lockdown to stem the spread of Covid-19.

Where work started on site during this quarter, 35,710 homes were started, 111 per cent more than the previous quarter. Again, this reflects the national restrictions in place during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the statistical release, there were 243,770 net additional dwellings between April 2019 and March 2020. This is a 1 per cent increase on the net additional dwelling reported for April 2018 to March 2019.

Other statistics in the release include:

  • In the year ending September 2020, an estimated 120,100 new-builds were started on – 25 per cent less than the year ending September 2019.
  • In the year ending September 2020, an estimated 145,430 new-build homes were completed. This is 18 per cent less than the number completed in the year ending September 2019.
  • The North West saw the largest percentage decrease in starts for the year ending September 2020, falling by 36 per cent compared with a year earlier. London reports the smallest decrease with a fall with 11 per cent compared with the year ending September 2019.
  • All English regions saw a decrease in completions in the year ending September 2020. The North East saw the largest percentage decrease, with a fall of 27 per cent compared with a year earlier.

Jenrick said the increase in completions and starts from July to September 2020 compared with the previous quarter “reflects the government’s commitment throughout the pandemic to support industry to enable construction sites to remain open and operate safely”.

“We extended planning permission deadlines and flexible working hours on sites so that builders, architects and developers have been able to continue working, while following public health advice.”

Housing Supply: Indicators of New Supply, England: July to September 2020 can be found here on the UK Government website.

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