Housing starts rise 15% in first three months

Published:  20 May, 2011

LONDON: Housebuilding starts jumped 15% in the first three months of 2011 compared to a year ago, according to figures published today by the Department for Communities and Local Government for England.

There were just over 29 000 starts in the year to March, 26% ahead of the quarterly winter figure.

But even at these improved building rates the industry is on course to start 116,000 houses in 2011, well down on historic building levels. Starts in the quarter were still 20,000 down on the first quarter of 2007.

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