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  • Release date: 14 September 2016
  • Period covered: April to June 2016
  • Next update: 7 December 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

  • The number of new dwellings started fell by 4 per cent during 2015-16 following a sustained increase over the previous three years.
  • This decrease in starts has continued into the first quarter of 2016-17. During April to June 2016, a total of 1,357 new dwellings were started, which is down by a quarter (25 per cent) on the previous year.
  • The number of new dwellings completed has been increasing annually since 2013-14 with numbers during 2015-16 up by 10 per cent on the previous year.
  • During April to June 2016, there were 1,631 new dwellings completed. Whilst this represents a decrease of 7 per cent on the same quarter of 2015-16, the number of completions was 3 per cent higher than in the same quarter of 2014-15, and 11 per cent higher than in the same quarter of 2013-14.
  • The private sector continued to account for the majority of new house building activity, at 82 per cent of all new dwellings completed during April to June 2016.
  • The number of private sector completions decreased by 9 per cent during April to June 2016, compared with the previous year, to 1,342 dwellings. Registered Social Landlord (RSL) completions during April to June 2016 however, were up by 6 per cent on the same quarter of 2015-16. The 289 new dwellings completed by RSLs during the quarter accounted for 18 per cent of all completions, compared with 16 per cent a year earlier. 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 April to June 2016, they accounted for 35 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.

Data will be added to the StatsWales website shortly.


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