Number of new houses built increases

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The amount of new-build housing starts rose by 13 per cent in the second quarter of this year, the latest government figures show.

According to Communities and Local Government, 28,590 homes were constructed between April and June, which represents an increase of 84 per cent on the low of 2009’s first quarter.

Furthermore, housing completions rose for the first time since 2007, by one per cent.

However, Simon Rubinsohn, chief economist at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, pointed out that according to the organisation’s latest Construction Market Survey, enquiries to begin housing projects turned negative in the same period.

“Critically, we suspect that housing starts this year will amount to around 110,000 and the number for next year will be little higher,” he said.

Recently, Brian Berry, director of external affairs at the Federation of Master Builders, stated the government’s proposal to make energy-efficient refurbishments to 26 million houses could provide job opportunities for builders.

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