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Housing: Construction

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the Government's target is for the number of new domestic dwellings to be built in each year in England; (145523)

(2) what the Government's target is for the number of new homes to be built in each year under its Sustainable Communities programme.

The Sustainable Communities Plan, launched in 2003, set out plans to increase housing delivery across London and the wider south east in the period to 2016 to 1.1 million in total, from previous plans for 900,000. In 2005, the Government set a target for 200,000 new homes a year by 2016.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes have been built in each year under the Sustainable Communities Plan since its inception. (145525)

Since the Sustainable Communities Plan was announced in 2003, net additions to the housing stock in England have been as follows:

Net additions

2003-04

154,800

2004-05

167,900

2005-06

185,200

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic dwellings were completed in England in each year since 1996-97. (145526)

The number of new domestic dwellings completed in England in each year since 1996-97 has been tabulated as follows.

House building: permanent dwellings completed, England

Financial year

Houses

1996-97

146,246

1997-98

149,555

1998-99

140,708

1999-2000

142,046

2000-01

133,255

2001-02

129,866

2002-03

137,739

2003-04

143,958

2004-05

155,893

2005-06

163,398

2006-07

167,691

Sources:

P2m returns from local authorities, returns from National Housebuilding Council (NHBC)

The number of domestic dwellings completed in England is also shown on the Communities and Local Government website:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/pub/53/Table232_id1156053.xls.