HCA claims it's 'on target' for homes delivery
The Homes and Communities Agency has claimed that it is on course to exceed its housing targets for the 2011/12 financial year.
The target for new homes completed, which is set annually by the Communities and Local Government department, was 35,000 for 2011/12.
However, the HCA could not reveal how many housing starts it had targeted nor how many it had achieved because of ‘their status as official statistics’.
In November, the agency, which is responsible for delivering the £1.8 billion 2011-15 affordable homes programme, came under fire when its figures for the first six months of the year revealed that there had been only 454 affordable homes started during that period. This was down from 13,626 during the same six months in 2010/11.
In the full 2010/11 financial year, the HCA started on site on 57,605 new homes, exceeding its target of 34,982 by 65 per cent. It also completed 64,242 homes against a target of 62,495.
Although the Office for National Statistics does not allow the agency to reveal figures for starts or completions for 2011/12 until a full audit has been completed, the HCA did announce that it had exceeded its ambitions for reclaimed brownfield land and employment floor space.
‘Despite the backdrop of continued economic uncertainty and a period of great change for the agency, I am pleased to report that we have nevertheless met or exceeded our delivery targets, as these figures show,’ said Pat Ritchie, chief executive of the HCA.
‘We have utilised our enabling role to help communities achieve their housing ambitions, and significantly invested in the places that need it most. This has been achieved at the same time as launching our major new delivery programme, the £1.8bn affordable homes programme, completing an organisational restructure and taking on new responsibilities – including the land and property assets from the RDAs (regional development agencies) under our new economic assets programme, and responsibility for the regulation of social housing providers – and the transfer of our role in London to the GLA (Greater London Authority).’
Meanwhile, the HCA announced that it has transferred 640 hectares of land to communities and charities.