Dartford tops Kent list for largest rise in new homes
PUBLISHED: 15:30 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:27 21 November 2017
The borough saw the biggest leap in housing stock compared to last year
The number of new homes in Dartford rose by more than a thousand last year, putting it top of the county for new development.
Figures released by the government show a 1,162 dwellings were added to the borough’s housing stock, which had a population of 97,000 at the last census in 2011.
Since that census, 4,439 new homes have been built in six years, with this year’s figure the largest of the new millenium.
Maidstone came closest to Dartford’s record, building 1,145 new homes, while neighbouring Gravesham ranked lowest in the county with just 165 - the fewest it had built in a year since 2014.
Dartford MP Gareth Johnson said: “There are too many young people unable to get onto the housing ladder and that needs to change. The most effective way to change that is by building more homes. Having the right infrastructure in place to service these new homes is of course vital too.
“It is a simple fact that we haven’t built enough homes over the last few decades. What we are seeing from these figures is that Dartford has had more than its fair share of new homes built. Whilst this can be good for people wanting to live in Dartford it is perhaps time for other areas to contribute as well.”
Speaking after the figures’ release, prime minister Theresa May said: “For decades we simply have not been building enough homes, nor have we been building them quickly enough, and we have seen prices rise.
“The number of new homes being delivered each year has been increasing since 2010, but there is more we can do.
“We must get back into the business of building the good quality new homes for people who need them most.
“That is why I have made it my mission to build the homes the country needs and take personal charge of the government’s response.”