Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Call for More Detached Homes to Be Built in Region

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Call for More Detached Homes to Be Built in Region

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More new detached homes need to be built in the North-East to attract and keep young professionals, housebuilders have warned.

The House Builders Federation says the region must cater for up to 500,000 new residents by 2016 to keep pace with the rest of the UK.

More than a third of new recruits in the area's better jobs have come from outside the North in the past three years.

In The Economic Benefits of House Building in the North East Region the builders warn that the region's housing stock cannot cope if the trend continues.

HBF regional planner Mark Johnson said new developments, of up to 10,500 homes a year, would be focused mainly on brownfield sites where old houses will be demolished. He said: "People coming up from the South-East have more spending power. They're looking for a detached property."

A spokesman for development agency One NorthEast said: "There is strong evidence that the North-East is attracting a growing number of professionals to live and work in our region.

"It is vital for the future of the North-East that we can attract and retain these talented young professionals who can play such a major part in driving our ambitions forward."

The HBF report shows that the North-East's economy has changed dramatically, moving away from traditional industries and manufacturing towards a service economy. This is reflected in the increase of professionals and the reduction in skilled manual workers between 1971 and 2001. The change in the socio-economic make-up of the population is reflected in changing aspirations for home ownership.

The HBF stresses that house building has a crucial role to play in attracting workers to the region and that the strongest demand for properties for people outside the region are those in the pounds 200,000-pounds 300,000 price range.

Only 12pc of the region's housing stock is detached, compared to a UK average of 21pc. …

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