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High Level Summary of Statistics Trend

New Housing Supply

Updated: January 2016

Historic trends in new house building showed peaks in the early 1950s and late 1960s resulting primarily from programmes of post-war reconstruction and slum clearances. From a high point of about 41,000 to 43,000 completions a year, mainly in the public sector, the level of new build fell during the early 1980s to under 20,000 completions per year. There was then an overall upward trend to over 25,000 completions per year by 2007/08, largely due to private sector new build which represented around 84% of all completions. The remainder of new build was predominantly by housing associations. However since the economic downturn there has been a significant decrease in private sector new build. The increase in local authority house building during the same period has only offset this very slightly.

 New housing in Scotland

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Source: Scottish Government Communities Analytical Services (Housing Statistics)

The recession hit the private house building industry particularly hard, with a large fall in completions from 2007-08 to 2012-13. In the past year completions have risen by 11% to 12,060, but the number is still 44% below the 2007-08 level. Housing association completions increased by 5% from last year, to 3,064 units in 2014-15.

After years of very few new local authority housing completions in Scotland numbers are increasing due to the Scottish Government's introduction in 2009-10 of the Council House Building programme. There were 1,157 local authority completions in 2014-15 – a small increase on 2013-14 and the highest total since 1991-92.

 Housing Supply 2016

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Source: Scottish Government Communities Analytical Services (Housing Statistics)

Further Information

More information can be obtained from the Housing Statistics for Scotland - New House Building on-line information resource.