Housing: Construction

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 20th March 2015.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many private and public sector housing completions there were in England in each year from 1985 up to the latest year for which figures are available.

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Annual statistics on house building completions by tenure in England are published in the Department's live table 244 which is available at the following link.

http://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-house-building

Taken together, house building statistics by housing association and local authority tenures provide estimates of total social housing completions, but these figures understate total affordable supply. This is because the house building figures are categorised by the type of developer rather than the intended final tenure, leading to under recording of affordable housing, and a corresponding over recording of private enterprise figures.

A more complete account of additional affordable housing including new build and acquisitions is provided for England and is published in the Department’s live table 1009, which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-affordable-housing-supply

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