Quarterly Housing Statistics, March 2021

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

The latest quarterly statistics on housebuilding and affordable housing supply have been published by Scotland’s Chief Statistician.

There were 21,910 new-build homes completed across all sectors in Scotland in the year to end March 2020. This is an increase of 3% (722 homes) on the previous year, despite activity levels being affected by the introduction of Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown measures in late March. Increases were seen across private-led completions (3%, or 528 homes), housing association completions (3%, or 118 homes) and local authority completions (5%, or 76 homes).

The number of new-build homes started across all sectors also increased in the year to end March 2020, with a total of 24,458 starts, an increase of 9% (1,954 homes) on the previous year. Local authority starts increased by 18% (328 homes), housing association approvals increased by 37% (1,636 homes), whilst private-led starts dropped slightly by 0.1% (10 homes).

More recent figures published as part of the UK House Price Index show a total of 1,114 new-build sales transactions in Scotland in the month of October 2020. This is an increase of 47 transactions (4%) on October 2019, indicating a recovery in the level of monthly private-led new housebuilding sales transactions following the reduced levels of activity between April and June 2020 due to COVID-19 measures.

Latest social sector new housebuilding figures for April to June 2020 show the impact of lockdown on construction activity across this period, with only 407 starts recorded, down 67% on the same quarter in 2019, and 20 completions, down 98%.

There were 1,918 affordable housing supply homes completed in the latest quarter, October to December 2020, an increase of 861 homes on the previous quarter, and 1,721 homes more than the quarter April to June 2020. This reflects the re-starting of housing supply activity after restrictions on construction and housing market activity were eased from late June onwards.

The number of affordable homes approved and started also increased over the latest two quarters: approvals between October and December 2020 were over double (1,062 homes more) the amount in the previous quarter and 1,205 homes more than the quarter from April to June 2020. Starts between October and December 2020 were up by 11% (221 homes) on the previous quarter, and by 1,429 homes on April to June 2020.

The latest annual figures on affordable housing supply also show the impact of COVID-19 on activity levels. In the year to December 2020 there were a total of 10,066 approvals recorded (down 15%, or 1,764 homes, on 2019); 9,806 starts (down 11%, or 1,166 homes); and 6,655 completions (down 30%, or 2,846 homes).


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Official statistics are produced in accordance with the Code of Practice for Statistics.


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