Salford, St Helens and West Lancashire propelled the North West to a record 5% increase in housing completions for the 12 months ended March 2020, according to analysis by development finance provider Paragon Bank.
As the top performer, Salford added 1,620 new homes during the period, a 113% increase on the same period for 2019. It was followed by St Helens, which was up 63% with 800 new homes, and West Lancashire, up 57% with 440 new homes, the study found.
In total, 21,360 new homes were added in the North West during the period, according to Paragon.
In terms of housing delivery, the lender said the North West grew faster than any other English region since 2015, with housing delivery output increasing by 63%.
Manchester recorded the highest number of homes built in the 12-month period, with 2,200 completions, but this represented a 6.4% drop compared to the previous year, the report noted.
Additionally, the study found that Liverpool recorded a 36% dip in housing completions between March 2019 and March 2020, delivering 780 homes.
Cheshire East completed 1,690 homes, second after Manchester, but its figure, too, was down on the previous year.
Dave Rowlinson, North West regional director of development finance at Paragon Bank, said: “Housebuilding in the North West over the past five years has been very strong, reflecting the region’s strong economies, world-class universities and the melding of new industry with more traditional manufacturing.”