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The positives of house building

PUBLISHED: 09:48 29 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:48 29 March 2016

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Let's be positive about house building, says Tony Abel, managing director of Abel Homes

Abel Homes MD Tony Abel. Picture: Ian BurtAbel Homes MD Tony Abel. Picture: Ian Burt

Another set of figures, this time for Norfolk, showed that in 2014, 2,300 new homes were started, of which 536 were aff-ordable homes (many of which were also built by the private sector). This activity directly supported more than 10,000 jobs in the county, and led to over £23.3 million of tax being paid locally. In addition, we house builders contributed £3.7 million towards education in the county, and planted 100,000-plus trees.

What’s more, the new homes we are building are energy-efficient, which is helping to reduce the average carbon footprint of the county’s homes.

I know that there are those who think we should stop building new homes completely. That is an easy position to take if you are already in a home which you can afford, but the argument cuts rather less ice when you look at it from the point of view of the many people who are struggling to find somewhere to live, or who are being priced out of even a basic home by the mismatch between supply and demand. The new homes that house builders are creating are useful both economically and socially. They are contributing to the prosperity and the social cohesion of our county, and given the lack of public sector funding for new homes, the good health of the private sector house building industry is vital.

Tony Abel (pictured) is managing director of Abel Homes, which is currently launching The Hops site in Hingham; www.abelhomes.co.uk

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