The number of new homes in England has risen by 25% over the past year – the highest annual percentage increase in 28 years, new figures released this week show.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark said it was further proof of the government’s commitment to get more homes built with 170,690 new homes last year and more than 700,000 additional homes delivered since 2010.
There has been a significant increase in the number of new homes delivered by converting buildings into residential properties.
More than 20,600 of these homes were built in 2014 to 2015 – a rise of 65% on the year before.
It comes just weeks after the government announced it would extend permitted development rights that enable offices to be converted into new homes without having to submit a planning application.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark said: “As a one nation government we’re determined to make sure everyone has the opportunity and security of owning a home of their own.
“Today’s figures show a 25% increase in the number of new homes over the past year – showing our reforms are building new homes across Britain.
“We are going further and will do everything we can to help families buy a place of their own. Government support like Help to Buy and our plans to build 200,000 new Starter Homes will help anyone who aspires to own their own home the chance of making their dream a reality.”
Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “We’ve brought the housebuilding industry back from the brink, giving them the tools they need to get on with the job and build the homes hard-working people need.
“That includes making it easier for developers to turn underused buildings into new homes with today’s figures showing a 65% increase in these kinds of developments over the past year.”