West Midlands housebuilding figures ‘more than doubled’

A total of 16,938 properties were built in 2018/19 – twice the UK average increase.

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Nearly 17,000 homes were built in the West Midlands last year – double the number of homes constructed in the region in the last eight years.

According to latest figures from MHCLG, a total of 16,938 properties were built in 2018/19 – a 15% rise on the previous year and twice the UK average increase.

The number compares to just 7,500 homes built in 2011.

The numbers come as a “major boost” for the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) area –  said to need to build 215,000 new homes by 2031.

The WMCA is currently working to unlock more land for housing and lay down minimum standards of affordability, design and energy efficiency.

As reported by 24housing, more than 4,000 new homes are set to be built across the West Midlands, after a deal between the WMCA and Lovell Partnerships.

The authority, which was set up in 2016 in exchange for greater powers and funding from central government, has also introduced a ‘brownfield first’ policy to help ‘relieve pressure’ on the green belt.

Recent examples include Friar Park in Wednesbury, where the WMCA is spending several million pounds to buy and clean up a former sewage works, paving the way for a 750-home community.

Gareth Bradford, WMCA director of housing and regeneration said the West Midlands economy was “growing faster than any other region outside London” but this growth was driving “ever higher demand for housing”.

“These figures are great news for our region and show how the West Midlands is leading a house building revolution in the UK” he said.

“We are turning derelict land into vibrant new communities and developing new modern, construction methods so we can build more homes at pace.

“At the same time, we are training local people in the skills needed to build these new homes.

“Ultimately we want to make sure everyone has the opportunity of a decent home and a worthwhile job but making sure we have enough homes in the future is a major challenge and there is still much to do.”

He added: “The good news is that since 2011 we have doubled the number of homes being built each year and these latest figures show how we have already hit the average annual rate we needed to hit in 2031.

“So, this collective effort by the region, which has seen councils, local enterprise partnerships and others working together through the WMCA housing and land delivery board, has radically closed the gap between what we planned to deliver and what has actually been delivered while all the time retaining a focus on brownfield land.

“This underpins the commitment we gave to government in our Housing Deal last year so it’s great to see the region turning ambition into a reality that people can see and touch.”

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