The number of homes built across Peterborough in the past three years has beaten the Government target by over 350, Peterborough City Council have announced.
Peterborough CC had a target of 2,673 and have successfully delivered 366 more with 3,039 new homes built Between 2016 and 2019.
The Government’s Housing Delivery Test results for 2019 have been published the figures and provides transparency about where homes are being delivered across the country and where they are needed.
The Government has set an ambitious target to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s to relieve the current housing crisis and the East of England is a key expansion area.
Robert Jenrick MP, secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, congratulated the city council on its performance in a letter and said: “Your performance so far shows that Peterborough is really rising to the challenge.
“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 for other authorities and demonstrates what is possible when a local authority works with their community to produce a local plan and turns it into a reality.
“The work you are doing to build the 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.”
Councillor Peter Hiller, cabinet member for strategic planning, commercial strategy and investments for Peterborough City Council, said: “Delivering the right number of homes for our residents is one of our top priorities so I am delighted that we are exceeding our targets.
“However, it is equally important that we are providing the right types of homes, in particular affordable homes, which allow people to take their first step on the housing ladder.
“In the last three years 399 affordable homes have so far been completed, including those at Fishpool Drive in Stanground and Eye Green which were delivered by Medesham Homes, the partnership between the city council and Cross Keys Homes.
“I’d also like to thank our planning teams for producing a first-class Local Plan, which continues to ensure that homes are being built in the right place and at the right time, with the right infrastructure to support them, and for running a professional planning application service for Peterborough, making the process as smooth as possible for housebuilders.
“Our city continues to grow faster than many parts of the country, demonstrating the desirability and affordability of Peterborough as a great place to live.”
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