Figures reveal rising number of new homes

The number of houses built in England in the quarter ending September 2003 is up four per cent on the same period last year, according to latest housing figures from the ODPM.

House building statistics released last week show that there were 34,000 completions in England during the quarter, compared with 32,800 for the previous year. Around 40,000 homes were started in the quarter, up two per cent on the previous year.

The figures show a gradual upward trend in overall starts and completions since 2002, but most of the rises this quarter are accounted for by increases in the south of England. Trends in London have remained level. In the North West and North East, start levels are unchanged, while the number of completions in the North East has fallen.

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