In 2018, considerably more dwellings were completed in Espoo than the year before. The total number was 3,852, which once again exceeded the annual objective of 3,000 dwellings by a large margin. In 2017, the number of dwellings completed was 3,269.
“The good development is expected to continue in Espoo, although some slowing can otherwise be seen in the intense pace of construction that has continued for years,” says Housing Manager Anne Savolainen.
In Espoo, housing production will be kept at a high level for a long time by the attraction of the metro zone and also the compacting of the areas along Jokeri Light Rail and the new areas – such as Kera and Finnoo – with an enormous building potential.
“The metro zone will also attract developers and new residents in the future. In addition, there are complementary building areas and completely new or changing areas elsewhere in Espoo where plenty of housing will be built in the future,” Savolainen continues.
In 2018, the largest numbers of dwellings were completed in Perkkaa (432 dwellings), Suurpelto (370) and Saunalahti (331). Busy construction will continue in these areas in 2019 as well. In the coming years, plenty of new housing will also be built in Espoo Centre, Niittykumpu and Tapiola, where new construction is carried out especially in Tapiola Centre and Jousenpuisto. In the longer term, a significant number of homes for new residents will also be built in Otaniemi and Kivenlahti.
The number of building permits and the number of dwellings which have been started remained high
Like the previous year, the number of building permits remained record-breakingly high: 5,029 new building permits were granted. In 2017, the number of building permits granted was 5,287.
“In two consecutive years, approximately 2,000 more building permits have been granted than in the previous years. This has been affected by the continuing rapid growth of Espoo during the upswing in the economy as well as the intense construction of the areas along the metro line.”
The number of housing construction projects which have been started remained at the same level in 2018 as in 2017. The construction of 4,176 dwellings was started (4,095 in 2017). Of the dwellings started during the year, 14 per cent (575 dwellings) were state-subsidised, 444 of which were interest-subsidy ARA rental flats (11 per cent of all dwellings started). Of all the dwellings started, 79 per cent (3,306 dwellings) were in blocks of flats and 21 per cent (870 dwellings) in detached houses.
Of the dwellings completed, 16 per cent (630 dwellings) were state-subsidised, 413 of which were normal interest-subsidy ARA rental flats (11 per cent of all dwellings completed). According to the MAL agreement on land use, housing and transport, approximately 20 per cent of dwellings in the Helsinki region should be state-subsidised interest-subsidy rental housing production and rental housing production for special groups. Of all the dwellings completed, 75 per cent (2,910 dwellings) were in blocks of flats and 25 per cent (942 dwellings) in detached houses.
Housing programme shows the way
The housing programme contains the housing production goals for the coming years regarding the amount of housing production, the assurance of its implementation conditions, the promotion of diverse housing supply and housing for different population groups, the balanced development of areas and the consideration of the ecological sustainability of housing. The realisation of the programme is followed annually by the Premises and Housing Division.
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