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  • Release date: 15 December 2016
  • Period covered: 2015-16
  • Next update: 19 December 2017
Annual data which includes information on the number of dwellings demolished in Wales.

This information is used by the Welsh Government to calculate dwelling stock estimates for Wales.

Key points

  • During 2015-16, a total of 192 dwellings were demolished across Wales which is almost a third (32 per cent) less than the number demolished in 2014-15.
  • At local authority level, the number of dwellings demolished can vary widely. During 2015-16, over half (59 per cent) of  the dwellings demolished were in Flintshire at 114. Both Newport and Rhondda Cynon Taf, however, reported just 1 demolition and there were no demolitions reported in a further 6 local authorities.
  • During 2015-16, there were 117 dwellings demolished within renewal areas. Of these 97 per cent (114 dwellings) were in Flintshire and are linked to the “Flint Masterplan” – a regeneration strategy for Flintshire. The remaining 3 dwellings were demolished within renewal areas in Powys.
  • There were no demolitions reported in clearance areas in Wales in 2015-16.


The information collected annually on housing demolitions across Wales was previously shown within the annual statistical release ‘Housing Demolitions and Hazards’. This annual release was the subject of a review during the autumn of 2015 and following consultation with end users, it was agreed to publish the data on demolitions separately within an annual statistical headline and continue to publish information on hazards and licenses in an annual release. The full data set including local authority level data continues to be available on Stats Wales.


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