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Update 8/14

Date: 26/8/2014

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Extract:

Breaking News ...

.... according to Government statistics, house building in England rose to its highest level since 2007 last year, with planning reforms boosting new projects along the pipeline.

According to figures from DCLG there were 36,230 new housing starts in England between April and June, an increase of 18 per cent on the same quarter last year. The total number of starts over the past 12 months was 137,780, a 22 per cent increase on the previous year and the highest level of house building since 2007.

DCLG said that reforms to the planning system were helping to push new projects down the pipeline, with successful applications for major housing schemes up 23 per cent. Planning permissions were granted for 216,000 new homes.

Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis said: "This progress did not happen by accident. It bears testament to our efforts to reform the planning system and help homebuyers while paving the way for house builders to boost their output. But there's still more to do, and improving the housing market will remain a vital part of our long-term economic plan."

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