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New build homes up by 18%

Published: 17 Dec 2019 10:16
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Housing

Highest number of annual completions since 2008.

More houses were ready for people to move into in the year to June 2019 compared to the previous 12 months.

A total of 21,403 homes were completed in 2019, a rise of 18% or 3,210 more homes than in 2018. This is the highest level since 2008 and is helping to provide more people with a warm, safe place they can call home.

The increase in completed homes was seen in both the private sector and housing associations.

Work to build 23,700 new homes was also started in year to June 2019, up 22% on 2018 figures, while nearly 11,000 affordable homes were started in the period to September 2019.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:

“These figures demonstrate how we are delivering more housing in Scotland. 

“From private to social housing, it is encouraging that both new build starts and completions have increased this year, providing more people with a warm, safe place they can call home. The increase points to the strength of Scotland’s new build housing sector.

“We shall continue to push towards our ambitious target of delivering 50,000 affordable homes by 2021.”

Background

Statistical news release 

There were 5,342 new build homes completed between April and June 2019; a 2% increase (111 homes) on the same quarter in 2018. This brings the total for the year to end June 2019 to 21,403, up 18% (3,210 homes) compared to the 18,193 completed in the previous year.

There were 5,620 new build homes started between April and June 2019, 18% more (857 homes) than the same quarter in 2018. This brings the total for the year to end June 2019 to 23,700 which is up 22% (4,340 homes) compared to the 19,360 homes started in the previous year, and is the highest annual starts figure since 2008.