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Revealed: the North says YES to new homes, the South says NO

Government housing delivery rates show regional divide.

The Government’s latest housing delivery figures show a stark north/south divide when it comes to approving and building the homes we need.

115 councils in England have a housing deficit, with some of the worst performers predominantly in London and the South. Tower Hamlets has a housing deficit of 2,896 homes and Havering is short by 2,176 homes.

180 councils are building more than required, with many of the best performers in the Midlands and North of England. Cheshire East has built 5,391 more homes than target. Cheshire West and Chester are up by 4,950 homes.

Of the bottom ten Councils with the highest housing deficits, all but one are in London and the South:

Area Name

Total number of homes required (2017-20)

Total number of homes delivered (2017-20)

Housing Deficit

Tower Hamlets (London)

11,002

8,106

-2,896

Havering (London)

3,414

1,238

-2,176

Sandwell (West Midlands)

4,123

2,007

-2,116

Southwark (London)

7,403

5,332

-2,071

Medway (Kent)

4,556

2,498

-2,058

Southend-on-Sea (Essex)

3,102

1,107

-1,995

Bristol, City of (South West)

6,505

4,703

-1,802

Haringey (London)

4,379

2,636

-1,743

North Hertfordshire (Herts)

2,597

936

-1,661

Basildon (Essex)

2,824

1,257

-1,567

All of the top ten Councils in England for delivering new homes are in the Midlands and the North:

Area Name

Total number of homes required (2017-20)

Total number of homes delivered (2017-20)

Housing Surplus

Cheshire East (North West)

3,030

8,421

+5,391

Cheshire West and Chester (North West)

1,751

6,701

+4,950

Salford (North West)

3,894

8,546

+4,652

Birmingham (West Midlands)

7,963

12,076

+4,113

Northumberland (North East)

1,913

4,922

+3,009

Newcastle Upon Tyne (North East)

2,782

5,638

+2,856

Wakefield (West Yorkshire)

2,830

5,631

+2,801

Stratford-on-Avon (West Midlands)

1,548

4,168

+2,620

Manchester (North West)

7,398

9,843

+2,445

Liverpool (North West)

4,720

7,154

+2,434

More information about the Government’s housing delivery test is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/housing-delivery-test-2020-measurement

Click here to download the data above in Excel Format

Michael Hantman, Director of Just Build Homes, said:

“Many councils are making great progress and they should be applauded. But too many appear to be bowing to the small minority who campaign loudly against building new homes in the areas they are most needed.

“Nationally, we are 1.2 million short of the homes we need.  Unless we just get on and build homes now, housing will become increasingly unaffordable, both to buy and rent, for even more people.”

The Government has indicated that it will be act against failing councils.  Those delivering under 75 per cent of their housing requirements have been informed that they will now face a presumption in favour of sustainable development, which renders their local planning policies for housing out of date and leaves them vulnerable to speculative planning applications.

Just Build Homes was established in 2020 to help people to get behind building more homes.  Polls show that most people support building new homes, but their voice is not being heard in the planning process.  More information about the Just Build Homes campaign is available at www.justbuildhomes.co.uk.

 

ENDS

For more information, please contact Michael Hantman on hello@justbuildhomes.co.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

A copy of the Government’s housing delivery test is attached in an excel spreadsheet showing the performance of each local authority area in England.  One work sheet lists the authorities in success order, the other as an A-Z list.   More information about the Government’s housing delivery test is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/housing-delivery-test-2020-measurement

 

hello@justbuildhomes.co.uk

@JustBuildHomes

Dear Laura Trott,

The housing crisis means that people like me who want to own their home can’t. The pandemic has made things even tougher. There’s been a complicated debate about the causes, but it boils down to a simple fact: we’re not building enough homes.

The BBC estimate that we’re 1.2 million homes short of what we need to build in this country, just to keep up with demand. Until we build more, the dream of home ownership will remain out of reach.

But although most mainstream politicians say they back building more homes, when it comes to specific proposals in local areas they often back the minority of existing homeowners who object.

In fact, over the last three years, there have been almost 2 million objections to planning applications.

As your constituent, I want you to know that when new homes are proposed, for every NIMBY, there are many more like me who want to say YES to building.

Will you commit to helping first time buyers in Sevenoaks by supporting the building of new homes of all types?

Yours Sincerely,