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New Homes

Volume 264: debated on Monday 23 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will set out the total number of new homes started by (a) local authorities and new towns and (b) housing associations in England in each year since 1974, and his estimate of the likely number of starts in 1995 and 1996. [37490]

The number of new-build homes started in England between 1974–75 and 1994–95 by housing associations, local authorities and new towns is shown in the following table.

Number of new build dwellings started, by tenure
YearHousing associationsLocal authorities and new townsTotal
1974–7512,300109,569121,869
1975–7622,020131,015153,035
1976–7725,481106,566132,047
1977–7826,07686,334112,410
1978–7916,71369,06885,781
1979–8014,27554,58868,863
1980–8111,05128,78139,832
1981–8213,00523,49936,504
1982–8314,19132,21046,401
1983–8412,25927,46939,728
1984–8510,75120,49631,247
1985–8610,46518,28428,749
1986–8710,61917,00127,620
1987–8810,07314,51724,590
1988–8911,97312,26324,236
1989–9011,51611,73123,247
1990–9114,1835,36219,545
1991–9220,0722,01822,090
1992–9330,3611,57131,932
1993–9433,10784133,948
1994–9530,94644131,387
This is, however, not the whole picture. In addition, new social lettings are provided through purchase and rehabilitation of existing properties, and released through home ownership grant schemes, which assist existing tenants to move on to their own properties.In 1995–96 we estimate that scheme starts will be made on over 50,000 new social lettings, to be provided by housing associations and local authorities through new build, purchase or rehabilitation, or released by home ownership grant schemes.We estimate that some 70,000 new social lettings, or completions, will be provided in 1995–96.Plans for 1996–97 and beyond are under consideration as part of the current public expenditure round.