Housing statistics quarterly update: December 2021

A summary of activity in new build housing, affordable housing and long term empty properties and second homes in Scotland.

This document is part of a collection

Housing Statistics for Scotland Quarterly Update: New Housebuilding and Affordable Housing Supply (published 7 December 2021)

This statistical publication provides information on the latest trends in:

  • Quarterly all-sector and private-led new housebuilding starts and completions to end December 2020, and social sector new housebuilding starts and completions to end March 2021.
  • UK House Price Index Official Statistics on new build sales transactions, as a measure of private-led new housebuilding activity in Scotland to end July 2021.
  • Quarterly Affordable Housing Supply Programme approvals, starts and completions, by type, to end September 2021.
  • The latest annual statistics on long-term empty properties and second homes as at September 2021.

The publication also presents annual rates of new housebuilding and affordable housing supply per head of population, including comparisons to other UK countries.

Chart 1: Annual all-sector new housebuilding starts and completions both decreased in the latest year to end December 2020, with activity levels affected COVID-19 lockdown measures from mid-March to late June 2020
Chart 1: Annual all sector new build starts and completions in years to end December from 2007 to 2020

Background information including Excel tables and explanatory notes on data sources and quality are available in the Housing Statistics webpages.


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