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  • Release date: 14 September 2017
  • Period covered: April to June 2017
  • Next update: 7 December 2017
Information on the number of new dwellings started, where building has commenced and those completed.

The information on new house building is based on the reports of local authority building inspectors and the National House Building Council (NHBC), which is a private approved inspector. It does not include information from other private approved inspectors.

Key points

  • The number of new dwellings started increased by 2 per cent during 2016-17 and this increase has continued into the first quarter of 2017-18.
  • During the April to June 2017 quarter a total of 1,853 new dwellings were started. This is an increase of over a third (37 per cent) on the same quarter of the previous year and the highest number recorded in any April to June quarter since 2008-09.
  • Following a slight decrease (1 per cent) in the number of new dwellings completed during 2016-17, numbers have increased again during the first quarter of 2017-18. 2,066 new dwellings were completed during April to June 2017, up by over a quarter (27 per cent) on the previous year and, as with starts, the highest number recorded in any April to June quarter since 2008-09.
  • The private sector continued to account for the majority of new house building activity, at 78 per cent of all new dwellings completed during April to June 2017.
  • During April to June 2017, the number of private sector completions increased by a fifth compared with the previous year, to 1,604 dwellings. The number of RSL dwellings completed was up by 56 per cent on the previous year to 450 dwellings which represented 22 per cent of all completions during the quarter.
  • There were 12 new local authority dwellings completed during April to June 2017, all of which were in Flintshire. 5 of these are owned by Flintshire County Council. The other 7 are owned by North East Wales Homes and Property Management (a subsidiary of Flintshire County Council) and will be offered at affordable rent. These were the first new local authority dwellings to be completed since the April to June 2013 quarter.
  • During April to June 2017, the number of 2 bedroom properties completed increased by 51 per cent compared to same quarter of the previous year. As a result, both 2 and 3 bedroom properties each accounted for a third of  all completions during the quarter.

Further information

Quarterly data are published on StatsWales and a report is published annually. The information published on StatsWales includes local authority level data as well as the number of new dwellings completed by dwelling type and number of bedrooms.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 0300 025 5055
Email: stats.housing@gov.wales

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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