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  • Release date: 9 December 2015
  • Period covered: July to September 2015
  • Next update: 9 March 2016
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

  • On an annual basis, there has been a sustained increase in the number of new dwellings started in Wales over the last three years. During 2014-15, numbers increased by 20 per cent compared with the previous year.
  • During July to September 2015, a total of 1,819 new dwellings were started which is down by 2 per cent on the same quarter of 2014-15 but still well above the number started in the same quarter of both 2013-14 and 2012-13.
  • The number of new dwellings completed annually increased over the last two years, with numbers up by 6 per cent during 2014-15. During the July to September quarter of 2015-16, a total of 1,736 new dwellings were completed, which is 17 per cent more than the same quarter of 2014-15.
  • The private sector continued to account for the majority of new house building activity, at 79 per cent of all new dwellings completed during July to September 2015-16.
  • During July to September 2015, the number of private sector completions increased by 6 per cent from the previous year, to 1,378 dwellings. Compared with the same quarter of 2014-15 however the number of RSL new dwellings completed almost doubled to 358 dwellings accounting for 21 per cent of all completions during the quarter. There were no local authority dwellings completed during the quarter.
  • The highest percentage of new dwellings completed in Wales continued to be 3 bedroom properties. During July to September 2015, they accounted for 38 per cent of all completions.

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.


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