Bexley sees more than 700 new homes built in a year after previous drop

PUBLISHED: 11:31 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:20 17 November 2017

Thousands of new homes have been delivered in the county this year. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Thousands of new homes have been delivered in the county this year. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Housing stock figures were released on Thursday

Housing numbers rose by one of highest figures since the turn of the century in Bexley last year, new figures reveal.

A total of 764 new homes were created in the past year, the second largest annual addition to the borough’s housing stock in the past 16 years.

The sudden jump comes after numbers dropped in 2016.

Government figures revealed the sudden rise on Thursday, after housing stock dropped by 132 last year.

This year’s rise is comparably smaller when put next to neighbouring boroughs.

In Bromley, 858 new homes have been created this year, while Greenwich has seen 2,380.

In 2015, the nubmer of dwellings in Bexley rose by 810.

Responding to the figures, a spokesperson from Bexley council said: “We understand the need for additional housing, particularly across London, and Bexley will play a part. Our growth strategy looks at the delivery of new homes and economic growth, but it is important to recognise that new housing must be supported by the right infrastructure to provide much needed connectivity for our residents and to help attract new businesses and developments to Bexley.

“The information for 2015/16 reflects the completion of the first phase of the significant regeneration project at Erith Park that created much needed family accommodation. All of the demolitions across the whole site were counted in this year although they would actually have taken place over earlier years. The scale of the regeneration at Erith Park means the impact on the outturn figures is greater than usual. If the demolitions were discounted the total number of dwellings completed in 2015/16 was 548.

“During 2016/17 a number of large schemes completed including nearly 300 homes at Howbury Slade Green and nearly 200 in Tower Road, Belvedere. Over the two year period, 1,385 new homes have been built of which 443 are affordable housing.

Prime minister Theresa May said more new homes were needed.

She said: “For decades we simply have not been building enough homes, nor have we been building them quickly enough, and we have seen prices rise.

“The number of new homes being delivered each year has been increasing since 2010, but there is more we can do.

“We must get back into the business of building the good quality new homes for people who need them most.

“That is why I have made it my mission to build the homes the country needs and take personal charge of the government’s response.”

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