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National Indicator: New Homes

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Indicator Measure
Total additions to the supply of housing, including public and private new house building; conversions of existing buildings to housing use; and refurbishment of dwellings

Current Status
New housing supply has maintained in the latest year – the figures have increased from 17,968 in 2015-16 to 18,539 in 2016-17,  an increase of 571 homes, or 3%, This annual increase is below the +1,000 homes change required for this indicator to show a ‘performance improving’ arrow. 

Overall housing supply in 2016-17 is still 7,879 homes (30%) below the level of 26,418 homes in the baseline year of 2006-07, however supply in 2016-17 is now 3,629 homes (24%) higher than the 14,910 homes supplied in 2012-13, following 4 consecutive years of increases.

1996-97 to 2015-16

Source: Scottish Government, Affordable Housing Investment Database: Housing Statistical Returns
The data for this chart is available at the bottom of the page.

Last Update: 12 September 2017
Next Update: September 2018

Increase the number of new homes

Why is this National Indicator important?
What will influence this National Indicator?
What is the Government's role?
How is Scotland performing?
Criteria for recent change
Further information
Who are our partners?
Related Strategic Objectives

Why is this National Indicator important?

Housing is a key part of our physical, economic, and social fabric. Increasing the number of new homes, of all tenures, will help to ensure that we meet current and future housing requirements, increase the overall quality and affordability of our homes and help to achieve the country's full potential through better employment opportunities, healthier lives and a more prosperous and fair society.

What will influence this National Indicator?

Housing supply activity is affected by a range of factors, with the following key influences:

  • The supply of land for housing made available through the planning system
  • The availability of finance, both to support new development and house purchase
  • The capacity and responsiveness of developers and the construction sector
  • The supply of enabling infrastructure - water, sewerage and roads
  • Housing market conditions

What is the Government's role?

Through its policy and guidance, Government sets the framework that supports planning authorities to identify current and future housing requirements, determine how and where these should be built and deliver the generous supply of land necessary to support that.

In addition, Government provides support to buyers and to industry to deliver new homes, while direct investment supports the provision of a range of affordable housing types throughout the country and helps to unlock activity more broadly throughout the housing system. Devolved building regulations also mean that new homes are built to increasingly higher standards and contribute towards the Government's ambitions on climate change and accessibility.

The Government also encourages a housing system that is more integrated, responsive to demand and therefore better able to reduce market volatility and improve affordability.

How is Scotland performing?

The supply of new housing in Scotland has maintained between 2015-16 and 2016-17, with an increase of 571 homes, or 3%, from 17,968 in 2015-16 to 18,539 in 2016-17. This annual increase is below the +1,000 homes change required for this indicator to show a ‘performance improving’ arrow.

There were 2,748 housing association new build completions in 2016-17, an increase of 428 homes or 18% on the previous year.  Local authority new build completions totalled 1,143 homes, a marginal increase of 5 homes compared with 2015-16.

A total of 13,187 homes were built by the private sector in 2016-17, a small decrease of 182 homes (1%) from the 13,369 homes built in 2015-16.

The number of rehabilitations increased from 457 in 2015-16 to 599 in 2016-17, and the number of buildings converted to housing use also increased by 178 homes from 684 to 862.

The data is available at the bottom of the page.

Criteria for recent change

This evaluation is based on: any difference within +/- 1,000 houses of last year's figure suggests that the position is more likely to be maintaining than showing any change. An increase of 1,000 houses or more suggests the position is improving; whereas a decrease of 1,000 houses or more suggests the position is worsening.

Further Information

For information on general methodological approach, please click here.

Scotland Performs Technical Note

Who are our partners?

Building standards verifiers

Local planning authorities

Scottish Water

Transport Scotland

Related Strategic Objectives

Wealthier and Fairer

Safer and Stronger

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