CIH Northern Ireland welcomes growth in new homes
Commenting on NHBC’s latest new home registration statistics released today, Nicola McCrudden, Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Director for Northern Ireland, said: “The steady growth in the number of new homes being built is welcoming but we need to do more to unblock our housing supply problem.
“It is good to see the ongoing recovery of the housebuilding industry with 761 new homes registered in the first quarter – a 17 per cent increase on same quarter last year. Lack of supply over the last decade has meant affordable housing has become out of reach for far too many people.
“The reality is that many more homes are required just to keep up with population growth and household change.
“We need a government in place to address blockages in the planning system and problems with accessing suitable land. Such constraints shouldn’t limit our ability to build the number of new homes that people need.”
UPDATE AT 15:00, 28/04/2017: This comment featured on BBC Good Morning Ulster (starts 1:47:20). It applies to Northern Ireland, not England as claimed on the programme.
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