This figure represents an 8% increase compared with the previous year.
The past year also saw the proportion of family houses built rise to 78% of all the new dwellings delivered in the marketplace, the highest the figure has been since 2000.
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“We are moving in the right direction, but there is still much more to do if we are going to deliver the numbers needed by communities up and down the country,” said housing secretary Robert Jenrick MP.
“I’m determined to deliver homes that are high quality, well designed and good for the planet.
“Faster and simpler planning regulations will help us reach that goal, which is why I have announced measures to accelerate planning decisions for homes and reduce the use of unnecessary conditions by up to a third, freeing up developers so they can get on and build in a locally appropriate way.”