The number of homes granted planning permission are now more than a quarter of a million; higher than before the 2008 economic crash.
Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has said that this demonstrates how government efforts to keep the country building are working.
By March 2015, 261,000 new homes were granted planning permission, making this the highest annual total for more than 8 years.
These figures are due to housing reforms, which have formed part of the government’s long-term economic plans.
With the housing bill set to include brownfield sites (land previously used for industrial and commercial purposes), Mr Lewis has said that the government are determined to continue to keep the country building whilst still protecting the greenbelt.
The economic downturn of 2008 lead to the loss of over 250,000 British construction jobs, causing home building to be placed at the heart of the country’s long-term economic plans. Over 64% of local authorities have adopted a local plan, compared to just 17% in May 2010. This means that support from councils for local house building has more than doubled in the past 4 years.
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