Record number of new homes being built in Hartlepool
Work on building new homes in Hartlepool hit record numbers at the start of the year, new figures reveal.
Data from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) shows work began on 190 homes in the area between January and March – the highest number for the three-month period since records began in 2005.
Work was also completed on a further 60 homes over the period.
The figures also show that, in the year to March, 160 new homes were completed in Hartlepool – 10 fewer than in 2019-20.
Nationally, 49,470 homes were completed in the first quarter of the year – the highest for any quarter in over 20 years – and work began on 46,010 – a seven per cent increase on the previous quarter.
The Home Builders Federation says demand for new build homes is extremely strong, and wants to see continued Government investment in the industry.
Stewart Baseley, executive chairman, said: "As well as addressing the social need for more housing, building creates jobs, generates investment in local economies and delivers improvements to infrastructure and amenities.”
The Government has committed to investing nearly £20bn into new housing – including more than £12bn for affordable homes.
After initially halting all construction work at the start of the pandemic, the Government later introduced measures to allow builders to seek more flexible working hours.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said: "It is encouraging to see a continued rise in the number of new homes being built.
"The house building sector has shown extraordinary resilience and the Government has continued to support the industry throughout the pandemic.”