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Housing starts surge 31% in first three months

Housing starts in England recovered strongly in the first three months of 2015, surging ahead 31% to over 40,000 on the previous quarter.

The latest official Government figures were welcomed by housing minister Brandon Lewis as evidence that housing initiatives were getting the country building again.

The 12 months rolling total to March, showed the industry started on 140,500 homes – 5% higher than during the previous year, but still short of the significant growth needed to address the housing shortage.

Lewis said: “We’re turning around an industry that was devastated and getting the country building again.

“Today’s figures show these efforts are reaping results, with housebuilding starts having more than doubled since 2009, and completions at their highest for nearly six years.”

The figures also showed 125,110 homes completed between April 2014 and March this year – 11% higher than the previous year and their highest annual total since 2009.

During the 12-months there were particularly strong areas of new build starts in parts of London. Areas north of the London green belt in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire also experienced high levels of starts, along with areas in Hampshire and along the south coast.

Some of the greatest increases in starts levels were in districts in Leicestershire, Derbyshire, and parts of Essex. Areas with some of the largest falls in rates of house building included districts in Hertfordshire and Surrey.

The proportions of houses to flats hovered around the two-thirds of total completions mark, just slightly down from around 70% in the previous year.

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