Revealing the scale of region’s housing shortage


Exclusive new research featuring in tonight’s BBC Inside Out programme shows the scale of the housing shortage as the Government sets out plans for a million new homes by 2020.

The scale of the housing shortage across the North East is revealed in a BBC Inside Out investigation which airs tonight on BBC One at 7.30pm.

The programme features new research from the National Housing Federation (NHF), which shows that in the four years up to the end of 2014, there has been a shortfall of more than half-a-million homes in England. The NHF says that 974,000 homes were needed between 2011 and 2014, but figures covering 326 local authorities show only 457,490 were built – a shortfall of 53 per cent.

In the North East and Cumbria, targets have fallen short by 15,943 houses – a shortfall of 38.3 per cent.

In Northumberland, 2,320 houses were completed between 2011 to 2014, but the calculated four-year need was 3,566, leading to a shortfall of 1,246 or 34.9 per cent. However, the figures are far worse in North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and County Durham.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has told the BBC’s Inside Out programme that the Government aims to build a million new homes across England by 2020. In an interview with Inside Out programme, he said: “By the end of this parliament, success I think would mean that we have seen a build in total of something like a million homes”

Gill Payne, director of policy and external affairs for the NHF, said: “We haven’t built enough homes in this country for decades and if the gap between the number of households forming and the number of new homes being built continues to grow, we are in danger of not being able to house our children.”

BBC Inside Out airs tonight on BBC One at 7.30pm and is available on the BBC iPlayer for 30 days afterwards.