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

Hull exceeds new housing target for fifth year in a row

Hull has exceeded its target for delivering new housing for the fifth year in row.

More than 1,000 new homes have been created in the city in the past 12 months against an annual target of 620 homes.

The figures put Hull City Council in the top 20 UK local authorities for the delivery of new homes.

A total of 1,015 new homes is made up of 852 new builds and 131 conversions. That means a net increase of 794 homes in the city once 198 demolitions have been factored in.

The city’s buoyant housing market, coupled with the construction hub in Wawne Road and apprenticeship opportunities in the city, provides a clear channel into employment for the city’s residents, according to the council.

Alex Codd, the council’s assistant director for economic development and regeneration, said the figures demonstrate a strong housing market in the city.

He said: “This is another year in which we have far exceeded our annual requirement of 620 new homes. While I recognise these figures cover the period right up to the Covid-19 lockdown, it demonstrates the importance of the construction sector to the city’s health.

“This is a clear sign of high levels of demand for quality new homes within the city and is a recognition of Hull being a top 20 authority nationally in terms of the delivery of new homes.

“The delivery of annual net dwellings is the key indicator of the scale of housing delivery in the city and is a key measure of the success of the city’s 2017 Local Plan. Effective delivery relies on a clear plan, strategy for implementation and certainty of planning decision. It is no coincidence that these levels of delivery have occurred on the back of the Local Plan.”

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A harbour porpoise. Picture Chrys Mellor
East Park in Hull