Net supply of new homes remains “a long way short” of tackling the housing crisis

THE latest official figures on housing supply show that the country remains woefully short of what’s needed to take the sting out of the housing crisis.

In the latest release from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG), the figures for net additional dwellings in England show that 222,190 net additional dwellings were delivered in 2017/18 — only a 2% increase compared to the year before.

“While it’s encouraging to see another increase in the number of new homes, the reality is we are still a long way short of where we need to be,” said Melanie Rees, head of policy and external affairs at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

“Millions of people are struggling to access a decent home at a price they can afford – we know we need more than 300,000 new homes a year to address the current chronic shortage and meet future demand.

“But it’s not just a numbers game – we need to make sure we are building the right homes, in the right places, for the right prices. For many people on lower incomes, the only truly affordable option is social rent. It is absolutely crucial that the government supports councils and housing associations to build more homes for social rent.”

According to the annual supply figures released today:

  • Of the 222,190 net additions in 2017-18, 195,290 were newbuild homes, 29,720 were gains from change of use between non-domestic and residential, 4,550 were from conversions between houses and flats, and 680 were other gains (caravans, house boats etc). These were offset by 8,050 demolitions
  • 13,526 of the net additions from change of use were through ‘permitted development rights’ (full planning permission not required). These consisted of 11,555 additional dwellings from former offices, 743 from agricultural buildings, 218 from storage buildings, 110 from light industrial buildings and 900 from other non-domestic buildings



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