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  • Release date: 7 December 2017
  • Period covered: July to September 2017
  • Next update: 8 March 2018
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

  • Following an increase of over a third in the first quarter of 2016-17, during July to September 2017 the number of new dwellings started fell by a fifth compared to the same quarter of 2015-16 (to 1,511 dwellings(a)). This was the lowest number of starts in a July to September quarter since 2012-13.
  • Despite an increase of 27 per cent in the first quarter of the year, the number of new dwellings completed also fell during July to September 2017. The 1,413 new dwellings completed during July to September 2017 were down by 12 per cent on the previous year(a). As with starts, this was the lowest number recorded in a July to September quarter since 2012-13.
  • The private sector continued to account for the majority of new house building activity, at 84 per cent of all new dwellings completed during July to September 2017.
  • During July to September 2017, the number of private sector completions was down by 13 per cent compared with the previous year, to 1,188 dwellings. There were also fewer dwellings completed by Registered Social Landlords during July to September 2017 with numbers down by 12 per cent to 209 dwellings. This represented 15 per cent of all completions during the quarter.
  • There were 16 new local authority dwellings completed during July to September 2017. Of these, 13 were completed in Flintshire and 3 were completed in the Vale of Glamorgan. In Flintshire, 6 are owned by Flintshire County Council and 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.
  • During July to September 2017, 3 bedroom properties accounted for 36 per of all new build dwelling completions. The number of 2 bedroom properties completed increased by 11 per cent compared to the same quarter of the previous year and accounted for 27 per cent of all completions.

Note

(a) The decreases in both starts and completions will be influenced by quarterly fluctuations including the timing of starts and completions on large sites in some authorities and seasonal factors such as holidays and weather. These statistics are not seasonally adjusted.

Further information

Key results and StatsWales are published quarterly and a report will be 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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