House building in West Dorset at its highest level for a decade

House building in West Dorset at its highest level for a decade

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:24am 12th April 2019.

But Brexit could impact on developers due to shortages of labour and higher price materials.

More new homes are being built in West Dorset.

House building is at its highest level for a decade.

However, industry experts have warned that a mismanaged Brexit could hit developers with labour shortages and higher material prices.

The latest Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government data shows that 480 houses were completed in 2018, the highest figure since 2008.

This is 17% higher than in 2017, when 410 new builds were completed.

The figures only include new homes.

In West Dorset, private developers funded 71% of all new homes. Housing associations paid for the rest.

Alongside completed homes, building started on a further 250 sites in West Dorset between January and December 2018, down from 370 during the same period in 2017.

Polly Neate, chief executive of housing charity Shelter, said the Government needed to strengthen its efforts to meet its target of 300,000 new homes a year.

She said: "The fact house building rates have picked up since the start of the decade is a welcome sign, but the Government still needs to make giant strides.

"To achieve this, it simply cannot rely on private developers alone - building social homes must be top of the agenda."

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Nationally, new home completions are on the rise.

Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the Home Builders Federation, put the increase down to the Government improving conditions for developers.

He said: "Successive governments have helped create a much more positive policy environment, that has allowed the industry to invest with confidence in the people and land needed to build more homes.

"All indicators suggest we will see further increases in output and planning permission for new homes.

"Unlike the second hand market, new home sales have generally remained resilient to the ongoing uncertainty, but clearly demand for new homes is reliant on a level of economic stability."

The National Federation of Builders, warned that a "poorly managed exit from the EU will create labour and work shortages".

Nationally house building has mostly decreased since the 1960s. The early part of this decade saw house building at its lowest peacetime level since the 1920s.

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