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Housebuilding starts are up slightly from historic low

3 Dec 10 The number of new house building starts in England in the last financial year was up 9% on the previous year’s historic low, but still less than half the number being built five years ago. The numbers are revealed in the latest annual volume of Housing and Planning Statistics.

However, completions were down 15%

The annual compendium covers all aspects of housing and planning in England. Key figures from the report show that 87,690 new dwellings were started in 2009-10, compared to 80,580 in 2008-09 and 183,360 in the most recent peak year of 2005-06.

Completions in 2009-10 were 113,670, down from 134,110 in 2008-09. The most recent peak year for completions was 2007-08, when 168,770 new dwellings were completed.

In the calendar year 2009, completions were down 17% from 143,000 in 2008 to 118,000 in 2009.

In fiscal 2009-10 the number of housebuilding completions was the highest in the Southeast and the lowest in the Northeast, accounting for 21% and 4% respectively of housebuilding completions in England.

The full report is available at

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