English housing starts highest since 1976

Recently released government statistics show that the rate of construction commencements on new homes across the UK is up by 22% year on year.

The most recent figures cover the 12 months leading up to June, 2014. During that time, 137,780 new residential housing projects were started. However, the statistics exclude Scotland.

In England, an additional 30,410 houses were started in 2013/14, while 500 more constructions began across Wales. For England, this is the highest level of new house starts since 1975/76. The only area to see a fall in num