He said: “In the twelve months to March 2020, before the pandemic got a grip on the economy, the number of houses being built in England barely increased on the previous year.
“Until the country builds more homes more quickly, it’s hard to see property prices falling sharply, whatever happens to the economy in the months and years ahead.”
Government figures reflect the relaxation of national restrictions in 2020 with 35,710 starts from July to September, which is an uplift of 111 per cent. The number of completions was 45,000 over the same period, an 185 per cent increase on the previous quarter.
Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals, said: “The sharp increase in the number of dwellings started and completed between July and September last year is not a reason to celebrate but a simple reflection of the country emerging from the first national lockdown.
“The negligible one per cent increase in the number of net additional dwellings in the year to March 2020, before the pandemic struck, underlines the ongoing housing supply issue England is facing.”