Government figures show number of new homes built is down 23% on the previous year
Figures released today reveal that the net number of homes added to the housing stock in England fell to a record low in 2009-10, down 23% on 2008/9.
According to data published by the communities and local government department (DCLG) just 128,680 net additional dwellings were provided last year compared with around 167,000 in 2008/9.
This figure is even lower than the previous record low of 130,510 in 2001-02.
Fewer net additional dwellings were supplied in the 2009-10 financial year than in the previous year in every English region.
The North West saw the largest annual decrease (38%), followed by the South East (32%).
The figures were published a day after government announced large cuts to housing budgets in their spending review.
Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the HBF, said, â€œThere is no doubt that the previous planning system was not succeeding in delivering enough homes â€“ but housing delivery, crucial to solving the housing crisis, is not yet increasing and in many areas has actually fallen.
â€œThese figures reveal the extent of the housing supply problem and the need for real action now â€“ cutting red tape and implementing incentives so we can build the homes the country needs.â€