Houses at the Alexandra Gardens housing development in east Hull.
The Alexandra Gardens housing development in east Hull.

Hull almost doubles new homes target – earning praise from housing secretary

Hull is one of the UK’s top-performing cities for building new homes, according to new data.

The city almost doubled its target for new houses over the past three years, the Government’s Housing Delivery Test has revealed.

Hull City Council has overseen the construction of 2,649 new houses – which is 194 per cent of its 1,362-home target.

The Housing Delivery Test is an annual measurement of housing delivery in plan-making authorities.

In a letter to Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick commended the council on its performance.

“Your performance so far shows that Hull is really rising to the challenge,” said Mr Jenrick in the letter. “I know how hard delivering the homes can be whilst maintaining the support of your communities.

“I hope your effort will serve as a source of encouragement to other local authorities and demonstrates what is possible when a local authority works with their community to produce a local plan and it turns into a reality.

Houses at the Alexandra Gardens housing development in east Hull.

The Alexandra Gardens housing development in east Hull.

“The work you are doing to build new homes your community requires is an essential part of making the housing market work for everyone and restoring the dream of home ownership for a new generation.”

The Housing Delivery Test was introduced in 2018 to record where homes are being built across the UK.

In Hull, Alexander Gardens was completed last year with 162 homes delivered, while the ongoing Wawne View has so far delivered more than 300 homes. Ongoing sites include Amy Johnson in west Hull and Ings in east Hull.

The Government has set an ambitious target to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the middle of this decade.

Councillor John Black, Hull City Council’s portfolio holder for housing, said: “It is fantastic that Hull has been recognised for this achievement.

Councillor John Black, Hull City Council's portfolio holder for housing.

Councillor John Black, Hull City Council’s portfolio holder for housing.

“This level of investment shows there is now real confidence in the city and that the council’s regeneration strategy is working because Hull is a place where more and more people want to live.

“I would like to congratulate those in the council’s planning, regeneration and housing teams who have worked hard to far surpass these targets for home-building.”

 

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