Home building in South Tyneside increases despite pandemic
New data from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government shows that work started on around 110 new homes in the borough between January and September last year.
That was up by 10% compared to the same period in 2019, when there were roughly 100 new home builds.
These figures bucked a national trend which saw a fall in new home builds, but housing charity Shelter says the country is facing a worsening housing crisis.
Shelter chief executive Polly Neate said: “It’s good developers have found ways to start building homes gain while the pandemic continues, but compared to a year ago, housebuilding starts are down.
“We already have a dire shortage of genuinely affordable homes, and we cannot risk that getting worse.
“The problem isn’t just the pandemic, it’s the economy. If it continues to shrink, the housing market will stall, and we will have an even bigger housing crisis in our hands.”
Across England, work started on 91,000 new homes in the first nine months of last year, a 26% fall from the same period in 2019.
A spokesperson for the MHCLG said: “We delivered 244,000 homes in 2019/20 – the highest in over 30 years – and doubled the number of homes started in the last quarter compared to the one before.
“During the pandemic we have taken decisive action to support the industry. We are delivering the new homes the country needs through our £12bn Affordable Homes Programmes and reform of the planning system. “