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  • Release date: 6 December 2018
  • Period covered: July to September 2018
  • Next update: 7 March 2019
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.

July to September 2018

Release date: 06 December 2018

Key points

  • On a quarterly basis 1,431 new dwellings were started across Wales during July to September 2018. This was over a fifth (21 per cent) less than during the previous quarter and 5 per cent less than a year earlier.
  • During the 12 months to the end of September 2018, a total of 5,922 new dwelling were started. This is down 15 per cent on the 12 months to the end of September 2017.
  • On a quarterly basis 1,299 new dwellings were completed across Wales during July to September 2018. This is 17 per cent less than the previous quarter and 8 per cent less than a year earlier.
  • During the 12 months to the end of September 2018, a total of 6,043 new dwelling were completed. This is down by 15 per cent on the 12 months to September 2017.
  • The private sector continued to account for the majority of new house building activity (78 per cent of completions in this quarter). RSLs accounted for a further 20 per cent of completions and local authorities for 1 per cent.
  • There were 18 new dwellings completed by local authorities during the quarter and all of these were completed by Swansea Council.
  • 3 bedroom properties accounted for 41 per cent of all new dwellings completed compared with 36 per cent the previous year. The number of 2 bedroom properties completed was down by over a quarter (26 per cent) on the previous year. They accounted for 22 per cent of all completions during July to September 2018 compared with 27 per cent a year earlier.

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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