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  • Release date: 8 March 2018
  • Period covered: October to December 2017
  • Next update: 7 June 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.

Key points

  • On a quarterly basis 1,255 new dwellings were started across Wales during October to December 2017. This is 17 per cent less than the previous three months and 41 per cent less than a year earlier. 2016 saw the highest number of starts for an October to December quarter since 2007.
  • During the 12 months to the end of December 2017, a total of 6,096 new dwelling were started. This is down 10 per cent on the 12 months to the end of December 2016.
  • On a quarterly basis 1,817 new dwellings were completed across Wales during October to December 2017. This is 29 per cent more than the previous three months but 10 per cent less than a year earlier.
  • During the 12 months to the end of December 2017, a total of 6,885 new dwelling were completed. This is up by 4 per cent on the 12 months to December 2016.
  • The private sector continued to account for the majority of new house building activity (86 per cent of completions in this quarter). RSLs accounted for a further 12 per cent of completions.
  • Over the 12 months to December 2017,  the number of private sector completions were up 5 per cent on the 12 months to December 2016, whilst RSL completions were down by 4 per cent.
  • There were 24 new dwellings completed by local authorities during the quarter accounting for 1 per cent of all completions. All were completed in Flintshire for North East Wales Homes and Property Management (a subsidiary of Flintshire County Council). They will be offered at affordable rent. It brings the total completed by local authorities over the 12 months to the end of December 2017 to 52.
  • 3 bedroom properties accounted for 40 per cent of all new dwellings completed compared with 37 per cent the previous year. The number of 2 bedroom properties completed was down by 27 per cent on the previous year. They accounted for a quarter of all completions compared with 31 per cent in the same period of 2016.

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 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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