Hull House Builders Smash Targets, Council Reveals

New figures released by Hull City Council show that the city has beaten housing delivery targets set by central government, with over 2,500 new properties built in the township in the last three years.

House builders in Hull have certainly been very busy indeed, with 2,514 homes built between 2015 and 2018, a 165 per cent increase on the required target of 1,523 properties.

According to the Hull Daily Mail, over 100 councils around the UK have thus far failed to hit the requirements for housebuilding since 2015. Neighbouring local authority East Riding Council also succeeded surpassing a target of 2,891, with 3,307 properties constructed over the three-year period.

Hull City Council’s portfolio holder for housing John Black was quoted by the news source as saying: “I would like to congratulate our planning and housing teams for exceeding these tough government’s housing delivery targets over the past three years. This authority has a tremendous recent record on the delivery of new housing and this is just the latest example.”

The government’s Housing Delivery Test was brought in to form part of a revised national planning policy to check whether councils are indeed building sufficient homes in their area.

Earlier this year, the Centre for Policy Studies published a new report revealing the extent of the country’s housing crisis, showing that fewer new homes have been built in the last ten years than any decade since the second world war.

Despite the government’s plans to boost construction, newbuild completions are now forecast to be about 130,000 a year between 2010 and 2019, below the 147,000 seen during the noughties, or the 150,000 built during the 90s.

Director of the centre Robert Colvile explained that the crisis is “blighting the lives of a generation and robbing them of the dream of homeownership”. He went on to say that this isn’t just down to the financial crisis, however, but in fact forms part of a pattern that stretches back 50 years, during which time we’ve built fewer and fewer new properties.

However, recently released figures from the Land Registry show a year-on-year rise of 25 per cent in new build properties for September last year throughout England and Wales. Over the month, 11,270 houses of the 96,355 sales received for registration were newly built, while 73,463 were freehold. This represents a 1.3 per cent rise on September 2017.

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