Despite a national housing crisis, Welsh Government estimates published today (30th January) have dropped the projected need for new houses by hundreds compared to a previous estimate in 2015.
These confused estimates dramatically contradict the binned Holmans report, which recommended to the government that 12,000 homes a year may be needed in Wales to combat a desperate need for new houses.
Despite expert recommendations, the Labour government has been barely managing to build half of this figure, as Welsh Conservative and Shadow Housing Secretary David Melding AM revealed at the end of 2018. The number of new dwellings built in the period October 2017 to September 2018 was 6,043.
Commenting on the statistics, Welsh Conservative and Shadow Minister for Housing – David Melding AM – said:
“It strikes me as fantasy to suggest that we only need to build 8,300 new homes a year.
“The historical trend is over 10,000 and the record annual figure achieved in the 1950’s and 60’s was nearly 20,000.
“The UK Government has recognised that we need to build many more homes than we have been in the last 20 years. Sadly, the Welsh Government has no intention of making this ambition.”