Nearly 3,000 new homes completed in Norfolk, but how many were built where you live?
PUBLISHED: 12:09 10 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:09 10 July 2018
Almost 3,000 new homes were completed in Norfolk last year, new figures have revealed, but there were parts of the county where fewer were constructed than the year before.
South Norfolk was the house-building hot-spot between April 2017 and March 2018, with about 1,180 new homes completed. That was 33pc more than over the previous financial year.
That growth rate is higher than the average for England, where new house building activity has risen by 8.5pc since the period 2016 to 2017.
Private developers in South Norfolk built most of the new residential houses - about 81pc, with the rest built by housing associations.
Besides the number of homes completed, building started on 1,060 new homes in South Norfolk from April 2017 to March 2018.
John Fuller, leader of South Norfolk Council, said: “Greater Norwich is a fast growing location and the housing growth tends to be around the city, rather than in it.
“We are matching it with infrastructure too, so we are building new schools, new doctor’s surgeries and infrastructure, such as link roads.
“And we’ve made a substantial investment with the Norwich Research Park Enterprise Zone, so there are good quality jobs to go with the new homes.”
Great Yarmouth and West Norfolk also saw more home completed in 2017/18 compared to the previous year. About 160 new homes were built in Yarmouth, seven per cent up on the year before, while building started on a further 230.
In West Norfolk, some 350 new homes were built, up by 25pc, with a further 290 under way.
But the number of homes completed fell in Norwich, Broadland, North Norfolk and Breckland. Norwich was down 8pc, with 120 new homes finished, although 150 are under construction.
In Broadland about 490 new dwellings were built, 34pc fewer than the year before. There were 390 new homes in Breckland, 29pc fewer and in North Norfolk there was a slight fall of 3pc, with 290 new homes completed.
Waveney saw a 38pc increase, with 220 new homes.
From April 2017 to March 2018, around 160,470 new dwellings were completed in England, well below the government’s goal of supplying 300,000 new homes every year.
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