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Increase in number of new homes built in latest year

Published: 15 Mar 2016 09:30
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Housing

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Over 16,000 new homes were built in the year to September 2015, 4% higher than the previous year, according to official statistics figures released today.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today released the latest Quarterly Housing Statistics for Scotland. The statistics show that all sectors have shown increases in completions over the latest year. The number of private led completions in the year to end September 2015 stood at 12,125, 2% higher than the previous year. Housing association completions totalled 2,828, 10% higher than the previous year, whilst local authority completions came to 1,051, 7% higher than the previous year.

A total of 17,360 new build homes were started over the year to September 2015 , a 9% increase on the previous year. This increase was mostly driven by a 10% increase in starts in the private sector, as well as a 6% increase in the social sector.

Number of new build homes completed, 2006 to 2015 (years to end September)

Stats release

Key Points:

New build housing

All Sectors

  • There were 4,021 new build homes completed between July and September 2015; 21% up on the same quarter in 2014. This brings the total for the year to end September 2015 to 16,004 , up 4% (556 homes) compared to the 15,448 completed in the previous year.
  • There were 4,117 new build homes started between July and September 2015; 15% up on the same quarter in 2014. This brings the total for the year to end September 2015 to 17,360 which is up by 9% (1,405 homes) compared to the 15,955 homes started in the previous year.

Private Sector

  • Between July and September 2015, 3,126 private sector led homes were completed; 20% up on the same quarter in 2014. This brings the total for the year to end September 2015 to 12,125 – 2% (217 homes) higher than the 11,908 completions in the previous year.
  • There were 3,288 private sector led starts between July and September 2015, 14% up on the same quarter in 2014. This brings the total for the year to end September 2015 to 13,336, 10% (1,160 homes) higher than the 12,176 starts in the previous year.

Social Housing (Housing Association and Local Authority combined)

  • There were 895 social housing completions between July and September 2015; 23% more than the same quarter in 2014. This brings the total for the year to end September 2015 to 3,879. This is 10% increase on the 3,540 social sector completed in the previous year.
  • Meanwhile 829 social sector homes were started between July and September 2015; 18% more than the same quarter in 2014. This brings the total for the 12 months to end September 2015 to 4,024; a 6% increase on the previous year.
  • More up-to-date figures show that, in October to December 2015, 804 social sector homes were completed (9% fewer than the 883 completions in the same quarter in 2014), and 1,102 were started (30% more than the same quarter in 2014). This brings the total completions for the 12 months to end December to 3,800 (a 13% increase on the 3,353 social sector homes completed in the previous year). Total starts over the 12 months to end December are now at 4,278 (12% more than the 3,811 started in the previous year).

Housing Association Homes

  • There were 700 housing association completions between July and September 2015, which is 59% more than the same quarter in 2014. This brings the total for the year to end September 2015 to 2,828. This is a 10% (268 homes) increase on the 2,560 completions over the previous year.
  • There were 288 housing association approvals between July and September 2015; 4% fewer than the same quarter in 2014. This brings the total for the year to end September 2015 to 2,574. This is a decrease of 1% (28 homes) on the 2,602 approvals in the previous year.
  • More up-to-date figures show that a total of 513 Housing Association homes were completed between October to December 2015, a 16% decrease on the 614 homes completed in the same period in 2014. This brings the total completions for the 12 months to end December 2015 to 2,727, which is an increase of 14% on the 2,386 homes completed in the previous year. A total of 815 Housing Association homes were approved between October to December 2015, which is 60% more than the same quarter in 2014. This brings the total approvals for the 12 months to end December to 2,879, a 12% increase on the 2,573 approvals in the previous year.

Local Authority Homes

  • There were 195 local authority completions between July and September 2015, which is 32% fewer than the number that were completed in the same quarter in 2014. This brings the total for the year to end September 2015 to 1,051. This is a 7% (71 homes) increase on the 980 completions the previous year.
  • There were 541 local authority starts between July and September 2015; 35% higher than the number in the same quarter in 2014. This brings the total for the year to end September 2015 to 1,450 This is a 23% (273 homes) increase on the 1,177 starts in the previous year.
  • More up-to-date figures show that, in October to December 2015, 291 local authority houses were completed (an 8% increase on the same quarter in 2014), and 287 were started (down by 15% on the same quarter in 2014). This brings the total completions for the year to end December to 1,073, 11% more than the 967 completions in the previous year. Total starts for the 12 months to end December now stands at 1,399 which is an increase of 13% on the 1,238 local authority homes completed in the previous year.

Affordable Housing Supply Completions – up to December 2015

Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) statistics reflect the broader supply of affordable homes (i.e. for social rent, affordable rent and affordable home ownership) and include off the shelf purchases and rehabilitations as well as new build.

  • The latest quarterly statistics for the year to end December 2015 show that affordable housing supply completions have totalled 6,860 for the year up to December 2015, up 19% on the previous year, or 1,085 homes. This includes an increase in affordable rent completions (up by 44% or 335 homes), and social rent completions (up by 17% or 585 homes), while affordable home ownership completions figures have increased by 10%, or 165 homes. Total starts are down 22% on the previous year to 5,945, while approvals are up 7% on the previous year to 7,321.

Affordable Housing Supply Completions - Scottish Government Target to deliver 30,000 affordable homes, 20,000 social rented homes and 5,000 council homes between 2011-12 and 2015-16

Quarterly statistics from April 2011 to end December 2015 show that there were a total of:

  • 31,034 affordable housing supply completions, of which:
  • 20,854 were for social rent, including 5,405 council house completions
  • 3,104 were for other affordable rent
  • 7,076 were for affordable home ownership

Right to Buy Applications and Sales

  • Following the announcement of the end of Right to Buy in July 2013 the number of applications and the number of sales both increased. The most recent figures available are for July to September 2015. During this period there were 1,161 Right to Buy applications (10% higher than in the same quarter the previous year, and 19% higher than in the same quarter in 2013) and 437 sales (19% higher than in the same quarter in the previous year, and 32% higher than in the same quarter in 2013).
Notes to editors

The publication, containing details of new house building the Affordable Housing Supply Programme and sales of social sector housing, can be found at this address:

www.gov.scot/stats/bulletins/01206

The web tables associated with this publication can be found as follows:

New build and AHSP tables: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Housing-Regeneration/HSfS/NewBuild/AHSPtables

Local Authority house sales: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Housing-Regeneration/HSfS/Sales

An explanatory document providing background information on the statistics is also available.

The new build, AHSP and sales tables are updated each quarter. A range of other statistics are updated annually and are available on the Housing Statistics for Scotland website:

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Housing-Regeneration/HSfS

Housing Association and most Local Authority led new build activity is funded through Scottish Government funding programmes. Several changes to these funding programmes in recent years have affected both the trends and seasonal quarterly pattern of new build approvals, so care should be taken when making comparisons over time. These same changes will also impact on the Affordable Housing Supply Programme.

The supply statistics break down new build construction activity into private-led and social sector starts and completions, with the social sector further broken down between local authority and registered social landlord (housing association). The figures are as recorded by Local Authority administrative systems and the Scottish Government Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) system. Private sector construction activity includes not only homes built for private sale but also some homes which are used in the affordable housing sector and self-build activity by local builders.

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/About