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Housing programmes delivered by Homes England resulted in 13,229 new houses starting on-site and 14,289 houses completed between 1 April and 30 September 2021.

The number of new social homes started was up 80% with 868 started in the first half of the year. However, the number of affordable homes started was down.

Government says this is due to the closure of bidding for the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme and the beginning of the new Affordable Homes Programme.

There were 13,229 new homes started on-site and 14,289 homes completed through programmes managed by Homes England between 1 April and 30 September 2021.

The number of affordable homes started was 9,255 (70%), a decrease of 7% on the same period last year.

Of the housing completions, 10,007 (70%) were for affordable homes.

A total of 1,656 affordable homes started in the first half of 2021-22 were for Affordable Rent, a reduction of 50% on the 3,322 started in the same period last year. There were 1,472 starts under schemes including Shared Ownership and Rent to Buy. There were 5,259 starts defined as ‘Affordable Tenure TBC’ homes, where the ultimate tenure category is not known until completion.

Of housing completions in the first half of 2021-22, 10,007 (70%) were for affordable homes. This is a 23% increase on the same period last year.

Of the affordable homes completed, 5,346 were for Affordable Rent and 3,506 under Intermediate Affordable Housing schemes. There were 1,155 Social Rent completions, up 62% on the first half of last year.

Peter Denton, Chief Executive at Homes England, said: “The statistics released today show positive signs that housebuilding is beginning to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the pressures still faced by the industry, it’s clear that our partners are working incredibly hard to build the new homes the country needs.

“As the new Affordable Homes Programme swings into action, we look forward to working with ambitious housebuilders of all shapes and sizes, to help them realise their development ambitions and support the Government’s housing objectives.”