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Housing: Construction

Question for Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

UIN 110344, tabled on 24 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2022 to Question 103540 on Housing: Construction, if he will provide further basis to the statement that lower household projections do not mean fewer homes need to be built.

Answered on

1 February 2022

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has been clear lower household projections do not mean fewer homes are needed – in some cases they reflect existing under-supply, where lack of provision stops new households from forming. The ONS has also been clear that household projections are not forecasts; they do not attempt to predict the impact of future public policy, changing economic circumstances or other factors that may influence household growth.

The 2014-based household projections are used within the standard method to provide stability for planning authorities and communities, to ensure that historic under-supply and declining affordability are ultimately reflected in housing requirements, and to support the Government’s objective of significantly boosting the supply of homes.