Cheshire East Council has reported that a record number of new homes were built in the area last year to meet local demand
The increase in new homes saw the housing stock in the borough increase by a total of 2,321 properties in 2017/18.
This represents a 31% rise in the number of new homes built the previous year. Among the new homes built, 655 were subsidised affordable homes – representing 27% of all housebuilding in Cheshire East.
Councillor Ainsley Arnold, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for housing planning and regeneration, said: “At a time when so many people are looking for a home of their own, it is encouraging to see the highest growth ever in the housing stock of Cheshire East.
“I am also delighted that over a quarter of these homes are subsidised affordable housing to meet the needs of local people. This demonstrates that home building benefits a broad cross section of people in our communities.
“We need the right mix of housing to enable us to both attract and retain people and jobs – to continue to deliver strong economic growth across the borough. That is what Cheshire East is delivering.”
Macclesfield, Crewe, Congleton and Sandbach saw the most affordable housing created and across the borough some 375 of the affordable homes were built as housing to rent.
Last year, only six councils outside London built more than 2,300 new homes, contributing towards a total of 217,350 additional homes across England.
In Cheshire East the scale of housebuilding is almost four times what it was in 2012/13, providing a boost to the borough’s economy as well as ensuring long-term housing needs are met.