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  • Release date: 10 June 2015
  • Period covered: January to March 2015
  • Next update: 16 September 2015
Information 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

  • Over the last three years there has been a sustained increase in the number of new dwellings started in Wales. During 2014-15 a total of 6,955 new dwellings were started, a rise of 20 per cent on the previous year, and the highest annual number recorded since 2007-08.
  • Following a decrease during 2012-13, the number of new dwellings completed have increased again over the last two years. During 2014-15 there were 6,170 new dwellings completed in Wales which is 6 per cent more than during 2013-14 but remaining below the annual levels seen prior to the economic downturn.
  • During 2014-15 the number of new dwellings completed for the private sector increased by 3 per cent compared to the previous year whilst the number of completions for the social sector increased by a quarter to 837 which was the highest number recorded since 2010-11.
  • Most new dwellings completed in Wales tend to be 3 bedroom properties, accounting for 38 per cent of all completions during 2014-15.

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


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