The Dutch national housing stock expanded by 81,000 homes last year, according to new government figures, comfortably beating the official target of 75,000 a year.
Most new homes – 5,000 – were built in Amsterdam, increasing the number of homes in the Dutch capital by 1.1%. Holland Metropole partners Eindhoven and Utrecht increased their supply of homes by 1.7%, while The Hague and Rotterdam added 0.6% and 0.5% to their own respective housing stocks.
‘We have laid a firm basis for the target over the past two years,’ said acting housing minister Stientje van Veldhoven. The minister says there will be challenges to meet the target in 2020 and 2021 because of the downturn in the number of licences. ‘But I am working hard to keep production at a high level, partly by stimulating housing corporations to build more. I’m also focusing on conversions and more flexible housing forms,’ she said.
Last year construction companies handed over the keys to almost 71,000 new homes, the highest number since 2009, according to national statistics agency CBS.
The total is up 6% on 2018 and does not include office and home conversions, which according to housing ministry figures, will add a further 10,000 new dwellings to the total.
Between 2000 and 2009, new housing contributed more than 1% to the national housing stock but that had fallen to 0.6% by 2014 at the end of the economic crisis.