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Housing: Construction

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for how many permanent domestic dwellings construction was started in England in each year since 1979. (236089)

The following table shows the number of annual house building starts on permanent dwellings in England from 1979 until 2007. All data given are for calendar years.

House Building Starts

Number

1979

186,230

1980

131,340

1981

133,990

1982

167,410

1983

193,330

1984

173,460

1985

173,460

1986

187,090

1987

200,800

1988

220,010

1989

166,380

1990

133,470

1991

133,800

1992

129,300

1993

151,230

1994

165,440

1995

136,230

1996

144,710

1997

157,570

1998

149,060

1999

147,510

2000

144,520

2001

147,610

2002

149,060

2003

159,440

2004

176,600

2005

177,130

2006

177,200

2007

166,350

Source:

New build completions from P2 monthly and quarterly returns submitted by local authorities and the National House-Building Council (NHBC).

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether dwellings built on windfall sites may be counted towards house-building targets required from a local authority under a regional spatial strategy. (236142)

Dwellings built on windfall sites can be counted towards the achievement of house-building targets, but local authorities should not rely on such sites coming forward to meet housing need. They should therefore not include an allowance for windfalls in the first 10 years of land supply unless they can provide robust evidence of genuine local circumstances that prevent specific sites being identified.