Government's housebuilding targets fall short again, despite planning approvals seeing 17% annual rise

An unfinished home with brick walls and scaffolding
The government claims it is on track to meet its targets of one million homes by the end of the government's reign, despite its yearly figures falling short yet again (Image credit: Getty Images)

The government's latest housebuilding figures reveal they have fallen short of their yearly targets once again, despite approvals seeming to be rising.

Figures for the year 2022/23 show the number of net additional dwellings was 234,400, a small decline on the previous year's numbers, and over 60,000 homes below the government's yearly 300,000 target.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.