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Publication - Statistics publication

Housing statistics: quarterly update, March 2018

Published: 13 Mar 2018
Directorate:
Housing and Social Justice Directorate
Part of:
Housing, Statistics
ISBN:
9781788516570

Statistics on new build housing starts and completions, affordable housing supply programme, and local authority house sales.

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Housing statistics: quarterly update, March 2018
Key Points

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Key Points

New Build Housing – All Sectors

There were 4,018 new build homes completed between July and September 2017; a 9% increase (316 homes) on the same quarter in 2016. This brings the total for the year to end September 2017 to 17,601, up 5% (908 homes) compared to the 16,693 completed in the previous year.

There were 4,081 new build homes started between July and September 2017, 18% less (884 homes) than the same quarter in 2016. This brings the total for the year to end September 2017 to 19,440 which is up by 9% (1,536 homes) compared to the 17,904 homes started in the previous year.

New Build Housing – Private-led Housing

Between July and September 2017, 3,263 private sector led homes were completed; 17% more (464 homes) than the same quarter in 2016. This brings the total for the year to end September 2017 to 14,041 which is 9% more (1,194 homes) than the 12,847 completions in the previous year.

There were 3,146 private sector led starts between July and September 2017, down 14% on the same quarter in 2016. This brings the total for the year ending September 2017 to 13,591, which is 6% (805 homes) more than the 12,786 starts in the previous year.

New Build Housing – Social Sector Housing (Housing Association and Local Authority combined)

There were 755 social housing completions between July and September 2017; 16% less than the same quarter in 2016. This brings the total for the year to end September 2017 to 3,560. This is a 7% decrease on the 3,846 social sector completions in the previous year.

Meanwhile, 935 social sector homes were started between July and September 2017; 29% less than the same quarter in 2016. This brings the total for the year to end September 2017 to 5,849. This is a 14% increase on the 5,118 social sector starts in the previous year.

More up-to-date figures show that, between October and December 2017, 788 social sector homes were completed (14% fewer than the 919 completions in the same quarter in 2016), and 1,267 were started (13% more than the same quarter in the previous year). This brings the total completions for the 12 months to end December 2017 to 3,429 (a 12% decrease on the 3,897 social sector homes completed in the previous year). Total starts over the 12 months to end December 2017 are now at 5,996 (17% more than the 5,123 started in the previous year).

New Build Housing – Housing Association Homes

There were 386 housing association completions between July and September 2017, 43% less than the 681 completions in the same quarter in 2016. This brings the total for the year to end September 2017 to 2,169, a 19% (525 homes) decrease on the 2,694 completions over the previous year.

There were 540 housing association approvals between July and September 2017; 34% less than the 817 approvals in the same quarter in the previous year. This brings the total for the year to end September 2017 to 4,743. This is an increase of 33% (1,180 homes) on the 3,563 approvals in the previous year.

More up-to-date figures show that a total of 340 Housing Association homes were completed between October and December 2017, 41% (240 homes) fewer completions than in the same period in the previous year. This brings the total completions for the 12 months to end December 2017 to 1,929, which is a decrease of 29% on the 2,707 homes completed in the previous year. A total of 718 Housing Association homes were approved between October and December 2017, 17% less than the 860 approvals in the same quarter in 2016. This brings the total approvals for the 12 months to end September 2017 to 4,601, a 26% increase on the 3,638 approvals in the previous year.

New Build Housing – Local Authority Homes

There were 369 local authority completions between July and September 2017, which is 66% more than the number that were completed in the same quarter in 2016. This brings the total for the year ending September 2017 to 1,391. This is a 21% (239 homes) increase on the 1,152 completions the previous year.

There were 395 local authority starts between July and September 2017; 21% lower than the number in the same quarter in 2016. This brings the total for year ending September 2017 to 1,106. This is a 29% (449 homes) decrease on the 1,555 starts in the previous year.

More up-to-date figures show that, between October and December 2017, 448 local authority houses were completed (32% more homes than the same quarter in the previous year), and 549 were started (more than double the 260 homes started in the same quarter in the previous year). This brings the total completions for the year to end December 2017 to 1,500, which is 26% more than the previous year. Total starts for the 12 months to end December 2017 now stands at 1,395 which is a decrease of 6% on the 1,485 local authority homes started in the previous year.

Affordable Housing Supply – up to end December 2017

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 builds.

The latest statistics for the year to end December 2017 show that affordable housing supply completions have totalled 6,647, down 8% (617 homes) on the previous year. This includes an increase in affordable home ownership completions (up by 9% or 156 homes), but with decreases in social rent completions (down by 9% or 409 homes) and affordable rent completions (down by 34% or 364 homes).

There were 9,552 affordable housing approvals over the year up to end December 2017, up by 7% or 600 homes compared to the previous year. This includes increases in social rent approvals (up by 7% or 422 homes), affordable rent approvals (up by 1% or 17 homes), and affordable home ownership approvals (up by 8% or 161 homes).

There were 9,422 affordable houses started in the year to end December 2017, up by 12% or 1,036 homes compared to the previous year. This includes increases in social rent starts (up by 17% or 878 homes), affordable rent starts (up by 9% or 102 homes), and affordable home ownership starts (up by 3% or 56 homes).

Quarterly affordable housing supply statistics are used to inform the Scottish Government target to deliver 50,000 affordable homes, including 35,000 homes for social rent, over the period 2016/17 to 2020/21.

Local Authority Right to Buy Applications and Sales

The Right to Buy scheme closed to all new applicants on 31 July 2016, therefore there have been no Right to Buy applications made during the last year (October 2016 to September 2017). Throughout the final year of the scheme (the year to end September 2016) there were 9,060 applications made, more than double the 3,890 applications that were made in the previous year to end September 2015. This increase is likely to have been because this was the last chance for social housing tenants with an entitlement to exercise their Right to Buy before the scheme closed.

It can take a period of time for applications to be processed and for sales to be made, and therefore Right to Buy sales are still being recorded. In the latest available quarter, July to September 2017, there were 587 Right to Buy sales, 18% less than the 716 sales in the same quarter in the previous year, and also 25% less than the 787 sales in the previous quarter, April to June 2017. It is expected that sales will continue to fall further in future quarters as the number of applications remaining in the system falls.


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