Still short of tar­get with 4,850 new homes

Kent Messenger Maidstone - West Kent Property - - HOME NEWS -

More new homes were built in Kent than any­where else across the South East last year but de­vel­op­ers are still way be­hind gov­ern­ment hous­ing tar­gets.

There were 4,850 new homes com­pleted in the county, ex­clud­ing Med­way, more than 500 ahead of its near­est ri­val Hamp­shire.

Kent was also top of the league for the num­ber of homes com­pleted by hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties with 1,220, mean­ing 25.2% were af­ford­able homes.

The county is way ahead of the 18% av­er­age across Eng­land and 21% across the South East.

Med­way built 220 new homes, with 60 de­fined as so­cial hous­ing

In all 148,000 new homes were fin­ished across Eng­land in 2016/17, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from the Depart­ment for Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment.

The gov­ern­ment tar­get is 250,000 a year, with at least 80,000 go­ing to the so­cial hous­ing sec­tor.

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