Hill hits the headlines
Find out what happened when our CEO Andy Hill, met Elizabeth Anderson from The Sunday Telegraph to discuss the housing crisis and how we are becoming one of Britain’s leading housebuilders…
This has been another record-breaking year for us and the in-depth company profile in the Sunday Telegraph looks at our journey over the last 16 years and how we are helping to solve the housing crisis.
In the article Andy Hill states, “we need to get housebuilding numbers up”, and he’s right! Across the UK we built just 118,700 homes last year, which is less than half the number required to tackle the housing shortage.
At Hill we are helping to create more supply and meet the demand of a growing population. We built more than 1,300 homes in 2014 and have 1,630 more new homes in the pipeline for this year. The main hurdle to building more new homes is planning – “gone are the days of being able to buy a piece of land and start developing in nine months”.
However, we are overcoming these challenges and some of our latest projects, North West Cambridge and Barton Park in Oxford, will provide over 200 much needed homes to each of their local communities.
We also understand that saving a deposit can be hard for first time buyers, so a number of our developments, including 243 Ealing Road and Vesta, are available through the Government’s Help to Buy scheme – which means buyers with a 5% deposit can still afford a home. Other newly launched schemes which might interest buyers include Base 17 in Southwark and Park View in Sidcup, South East London.