Publication - Statistics

Housing statistics quarterly update: March 2019

Published: 12 Mar 2019
Directorate:
Housing and Social Justice Directorate
Part of:
Housing, Statistics
ISBN:
9781787816244

Trends in new build housing starts and completions by sector, and the Affordable Housing Supply Programme.

24 page PDF

1.9 MB

24 page PDF

1.9 MB

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Housing statistics quarterly update: March 2019
Housing Statistics for Scotland Quarterly Update (published 12 March 2019)

24 page PDF

1.9 MB

Housing Statistics for Scotland Quarterly Update (published 12 March 2019)

This quarterly statistical publication provides information on recent trends in:

  • New build housing starts and completions by sector (up to end September 2018, with more up-to-date social sector information available up to end December 2018)
  • The Affordable Housing Supply Programme (up to end December 2018)

Background information including Excel tables and an explanatory note on the Quarterly Housing Statistics can be found in the Housing Statistics webpages.

Chart 1: Quarterly new build completions, 2007 up to end December 2018

Key Points

New Build Housing – All Sectors – up to end September 2018

There were 4,894 new build homes completed between July and September 2018; a 13% increase (551 homes) on the same quarter in 2017. This brings the total for the year to end September 2018 to 18,750, up 4% (635 homes) compared to the 18,115 completed in the previous year.

There were 4,425 new build homes started between July 2018 and September 2018, 11% more (454 homes) than the same quarter in 2017. This brings the total for the year to end September 2018 to 19,900 which is up 2% (407 homes) compared to the 19,493 homes started in the previous year.

New Build Housing – Private-led Housing – up to end September 2018

Between July and September 2018, 3,608 private sector led homes were completed; 10% more (320 homes) than the same quarter in 2017. This brings the total for the year to end September 2018 to 13,831 which is 3% less (368 homes) than the 14,199 completions in the previous year.

There were 3,583 private sector led starts between July and September 2018, 15% more (480 homes) than the same quarter in 2017. This brings the total for the year ending September 2018 to 13,293 which is 3% less (397 homes) than the 13,690 starts in the previous year.

New Build Housing – Social Sector Housing (Housing Association and Local Authority combined) – up to end September 2018

There were 1,286 social sector completions between July and September 2018; 22% (231 homes) more than the same quarter in 2017. This brings the total for the year to end September 2018 to 4,919. This is a 26% increase on the 3,916 social sector completions in the previous year.

Meanwhile, 842 social sector homes were started between July and September 2018; 3% (26 homes) less than in the same quarter in 2017. This brings the total for the year to end September 2018 to 6,607. This is a 14% increase on the 5,803 social sector starts in the previous year.

More up-to-date figures – up to end December 2018

Between October and December 2018, 925 social sector homes were completed (7% less than the 992 completions in the same quarter in 2017), and 1,717 were started (39% more than the same quarter in the previous year). This brings the total completions for the 12 months to end December 2018 to 4,852 (a 22% increase on the 3,989 social sector homes completed in the previous year). Total starts over the 12 months to end December 2018 are now at 7,088 (20% more than the 5,919 started in the previous year).

New Build Housing – Housing Association Homes – up to end September 2018

There were 960 Housing Association completions between July and September 2018, 40% (274 homes) more completions than in the same period in the previous year. This brings the total completions for the 12 months to end September 2018 to 3,412, which is an increase of 35% on the 2,525 homes completed in the previous year.

There were 478 housing association approvals between July and September 2018; 2 homes less than the 480 approvals in the same quarter in 2017. This brings the total approvals for the 12 months to end September 2018 to 4,824, a 3% increase on the 4,704 approvals in the previous year.

More up-to-date figures – up to end December 2018

A total of 692 Housing Association homes were completed between October and December 2018, 27% (148 homes) more completions than in the same period in the previous year. This brings the total completions for the 12 months to end December 2018 to 3,560, which is an increase of 43% on the 2,489 homes completed in the previous year. A total of 1,233 Housing Association homes were approved between October and December 2018, 74% more homes than the 710 approvals in the same quarter in 2017. This brings the total approvals for the 12 months to end December 2018 to 5,347, a 17% increase on the 4,554 approvals in the previous year.

New Build Housing – Local Authority Homes – up to end September 2018

There were 326 local authority completions between July and September 2018, which is 12% (43 homes) less than the number that were completed in the same quarter in 2017. This brings the total for year ending September 2018 to 1,507. This is a 8% (116 homes) increase on the 1,391 completions in the previous year.

There were 364 local authority starts between July and September 2018; 6% less (24 homes) than in the same quarter in the previous year. This brings the total for year ending September 2018 to 1,783. This is a 62% (684 homes) increase on the 1,099 starts in the previous year.

More up-to-date figures – up to end December 2018

Between October and December 2018, 233 local authority houses were completed (48% less than the same quarter in the previous year), and 484 were started (8% less than in the same quarter in the previous year). This brings the total completions for the year to end December 2018 to 1,292, which is 14% less than the previous year. Total starts for the 12 months to end December 2018 now stands at 1,741 which is an increase of 28% on the 1,365 local authority homes started in the previous year.

Affordable Housing Supply – up to end December 2018

Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) statistics reflect the broader supply of affordable homes (i.e. for social rent, affordable rent and affordable home ownership) and include off-the-shelf purchases and rehabilitations as well as new builds.

The latest statistics for the year to end December 2018 show that affordable housing supply completions have totalled to 8,867, up 20% on the 7,415 completions in the previous year. This includes increases in social rent completions (up by 23% or 1050 homes), affordable rent completions (up by 11% or 218 homes) and affordable home ownership completions (up by 25% or 184 homes).

There were 12,570 affordable housing approvals over the year up to end December 2018, up by 22% or 2,289 homes compared to the previous year. This includes increases in social rent approvals (up by 31% or 1,889 homes), affordable rent approvals (up by 9% or 188 homes) and affordable home ownership approvals (up by 10% or 212 homes).

There were 9,659 affordable houses started in the year to end December 2018, down by 13% or 1,409 homes compared to the previous year. This includes decreases in in affordable rent starts (down by 39% or 708 homes), and social rent starts (down by 11% or 763 homes), but an increase in affordable home ownership starts (up by 3% or 62 homes).

Quarterly affordable housing supply statistics are used to inform the Scottish Government target to deliver 50,000 affordable homes, including 35,000 homes for social rent, over the period 2016/17 to 2020/21, and reflect the number of affordable homes delivered that have received some form of government support through loans, grant or guarantees.


Contact

Email: Lyndsey.Middleton@gov.scot