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Government says house building figures now highest since 2008

The government says the number of new build homes that have started to be built has surged to the highest level since 2008.

The latest data released by the Department of Communities and Local Government suggests that 164,960 new homes were started in the year to June 2017, up 13 per cent on the previous year.

More than 153,000 new homes have been completed during the same period, showing an increase of 11 per cent compared with the year before.

“Building more homes is an absolute priority for this government. Today’s figures are proof that we are getting Britain building again. It’s vital we maintain this momentum to deliver more quality homes in the places that people want to live. Our Housing White Paper set out an ambitious package of long-term reforms to do just that” says housing and planning minister Alok Sharma.

The figures suggest Gloucestershire, South Derbyshire and South Norfolk amongst the strongest areas in delivering high levels of starts.

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