Worcester MP Robin Walker has welcomed new figures showing that under the Conservatives, new homes being registered are at the highest point for a decade. The figures came out in the same week that Jeremy Corbyn challenged the Prime Minister about the lowest levels of house building since the twenties, something that in fact occurred under Labour in 2009/10.
New national figures released last week from the National House Building Council show that they have had more than 42,000 new homes registered with them in the first three months of the year. This is up 17% on the first quarter this time last year and the highest overall quarter in the last decade.
For the first time in seven years all 12 regions across the UK experienced growth in registrations, when compared to the same period 12 months ago. The North East (+39%), London (+38%) and Eastern (+31%) were among the regions with the most notable growth.
In Worcester recent years have also seen record delivery of both new homes overall and affordable homes. In the last week Robin has visited new homes in the Gregory’s Bank area including specialist independent living for people with mental conditions built by Bromford, Abbeyfield’s new independent living home for 37 people at Whiston Court and smart new shared ownership houses from Fortis.
Robin has campaigned for the construction of new affordable housing throughout his time in parliament, and recently backing the Government’s white paper designed to get Britain building again and bringing empty homes back into use. He has also been a critic of the Labour’s failure since taking over the city council to build as many new homes as the previous conservative administration. – Figures for December showed that the Labour-controlled council only produced 40 new affordable homes in the first half of the year compared to 166 under the Conservatives in the same period the year before.
The Worcester MP has spent a good deal of time in the last few weeks engaging with the county’s leading developers. Last week he stopped by Bromford’s new assisted living development on St George’s Road, and on Friday when he met with the proud new owner of a shared ownership home in Fortis Living’s Gregory’s Bank development as they pass the milestone of 500 new homes built this year. Fortis, the biggest Registered Social Landlord in Worcester told him that they have delivered 500 new homes in each of the last three years, some in Worcester and others elsewhere in the County.”
Commenting on the national figures and the major local milestone Robin said,
”Building homes for people to live in is a vital part of what we need. Whether we are talking about safe and supportive communities for the elderly, specialist care, starter homes or family houses, Worcester needs more homes and it is great to see them being delivered. The Government has been right to support house building through policies such as the new homes bonus and help to buy and I am delighted to see that local RSLs like Fortis are delivering record numbers of houses year after year.”
“Labour talk a good game on affordable housing and I’ve no doubt many will be impressed when they say they will deliver 100,000 homes a year but their record of delivery doesn’t match the rhetoric. In Worcester they have delivered fewer affordable homes every time they’ve taken over the council and it was Labour nationally that left us with the lowest level of house building since the 1920s. We need a strong Conservative Government and a strong economy to keep up the delivery and to ensure we get more homes on brownfield sites whilst protecting our green spaces.”
Notes to editors:
For Robin’s release on the White Paper
For the white paper please see:
For Robin’s previous releases on affordable housing see:
For the figures on the last Labour administration’s failure to deliver affordable housing see:
For the figures on the success of the previous Conservative administration on affordable homes see:
For Robin’s support for Help to Buy see:
For his backing for the New Homes Bonus & figures for its contribution to Worcester see:
For Robin’s campaign on empty homes see: