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  • Release date: 13 September 2018
  • Period covered: April to June 2018
  • Next update: 6 December 2018
Information on the number of new dwellings started, where building has commenced and those completed.

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

April to June 2018

Release date: 13 September 2018

Key points

  • On a quarterly basis 1,818 new dwellings were started across Wales during April to June 2018. This was 28 per cent more than during the previous three months but 2 per cent less than a year earlier. It was however the second highest number recorded in any April to June quarter since 2008-09.
  • During the 12 months to the end of June 2018, a total of 6,002 new dwelling were started. This is down 19 per cent on the 12 months to the end of June 2017.
  • On a quarterly basis 1,560 new dwellings were completed across Wales during April to June 2018. This is 14 per cent more than the previous three months but 24 per cent less than a year earlier.
  • During the 12 months to the end of June 2018, a total of 6,157 new dwelling were completed. This is down by 15 per cent on the 12 months to June 2017.
  • The private sector continued to account for the majority of new house building activity (83 per cent of completions in this quarter). RSLs accounted for a further 15 per cent of completions and local authorities for the remaining 2 per cent.
  • Over the 12 months to June 2018 private sector completions were down by 12 per cent on the 12 months to June 2017. RSL completions were down by over a third (35 per cent) but LA completions over this period increased from 12 to 99.
  • There were 30 new dwellings completed by local authorities during the quarter and all of these were completed in Flintshire. 18 were for North East Wales Homes and Property Management (a subsidiary of Flintshire County Council) and will be offered at affordable rent. The remaining 12 were social housing completed for Flintshire County Council.
  • 3 bedroom properties accounted for 41 per cent of all new dwellings completed compared with just 33 per cent the previous year. The number of 2 bedroom properties completed was down by 45 per cent on the previous year. They accounted for less than quarter of all completions (24 per cent) compared with 33 per cent in the same period of 2017.

Note

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.

2017-18

Release date: 7 June 2018

Further information

Key headline figures and StatsWales data are published quarterly 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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