Last year 124,520 new homes were built in England, the highest number since 2008-9, however a new report, How Many Homes, co-authored by London School of Economics professor of housing Christine Whitehead has found that England requires more than 220,000 new homes a year between 2011 and 2031 to help our growing population. We are currently building just 54% of what the country requires.
Christine Whitehead, co-author of this research and Emeritus Professor at the LSE said:
“One of the biggest concerns is that couples aged between 25 and 34 – at the time when family formation is at its highest - are expected to be less well housed in 2031 than their counterparts in 2011. And if house building cannot be increased at least to the projected levels other household groups will find themselves in the same boat.”
Last month, housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis said the government was aiming to deliver 1 million new homes over that period.
The last time housebuilding in England exceeded 200,000 homes a year was 1988-89. The report says 55 per cent of the new housing would be required in London and the South East.
The report suggest that if the country is to get back on track an estimated 310,000 new homes would be needed every year between now and 2020. That level would deliver about 1.5 million new homes in England during the current parliament.
How Many Homes, a new research project commissioned by the Town and Country Planning Association.
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