New housebuilding figures paint bleak picture

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Commenting on the latest Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin for January to March 2014, released today, Justin Cartwright, policy and public affairs officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland (CIH NI), said: “Social housing had its best year in a decade, but overall the figures paint a bleak picture for house-building in Northern Ireland as the crisis in housing continues.

“What was an increasing trend in completed private houses has slowed, and is dipping back towards levels not seen since early 2012. Meanwhile new starts in the private sector have fallen by 13% in the year to March 2014.

“In total, 5,200 new homes – private and social – were started over the year. Conservative estimates suggest we need to be building more than 11,000 every year to make sure first-time buyers are not being priced out, and to provide more social homes for people who are homeless or in housing stress.

“In this respect housing associations had an excellent year, increasing the number of new homes completed by 56% on the previous year to 1,735. However, to put these numbers into context around half of those who are homeless or in housing stress – numbering in the tens of thousands – are not being housed each year. More homes are still desperately needed in the social housing sector.”


For more information please contact Justin Cartwright, policy and public affairs officer at CIH Northern Ireland on 028 9077 8222, 07824 304 351 or

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