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 http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/statistics/pdf/1785484.pdf