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Housing statistics quarterly update: December 2020

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Housing statistics quarterly update: December 2020
4. UK House Price Index (HPI) new build sales transactions, as a measure of private-led housebuilding activity to end June 2020

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4. UK House Price Index (HPI) new build sales transactions, as a measure of private-led housebuilding activity to end June 2020

This Housing Statistics for Scotland Quarterly update was due to include an update on private-led and all-sector new house building starts and completions to end March 2020, with more recent figures on social sector new builds to end June 2020.

However due to ongoing new build data supply delays from local authorities, due to COVID-19 related staffing and resourcing issues, which have affected a greater number of local authorities compared to the previous quarter, the release of these statistics has be delayed. We are continuing to liaise with local authorities on the supply of data and we plan to publish the latest quarterly new house building statistics as soon as we possibly can.

Previous quarterly publications on new housebuilding statistics can be found on the Housing Statistics webpages of the Scottish Government website.

The most recent published Excel tables on all-sector house building starts and completions to end December 2019, and social sector new build figures to end March 2020, can be accessed at new housebuilding and affordable housing supply time series tables web page.

In the absence of the latest new house building figures, this publication includes some additional material that may help to provide an indication of the impacts of COVID-19 on private led new housebuilding activity to end June 2020, based on UK House Price Index (HPI) published figures on the number of new build sales transactions.

There are based on separately published 'UK House Price Index (HPI)' local authority and Scotland level figures of the number of private new build sales transactions completed each month. The HPI new build transaction figures cover trends on this basis for the time period up to end June 2020, and can be accessed through the New build and existing resold property' CSV file in the UK House Price Index data downloads.

Note that whilst the HPI new build sales transaction figures may be helpful in providing an indication of recent trends in new build activity, they will not be directly comparable to the Scottish Government time series on private-led new build starts and completions. This is due to differences in how the figures are constructed. For example the UK HPI new build sales transaction figures are based on completed sales transactions, which may differ to the point in time in which the building is constructed, and will also exclude self-build dwellings or dwellings built privately for tenures other than private sales.

Further information on the quality of the HPI data for Scotland, which is sourced from Registers of Scotland transactions registered, is available in the UK HPI Quality Assurance section of the UK House Price Index web page.

Summary Table 2 and Chart 8 below illustrate how the UK HPI figures compare to previously published Scottish Government Private sector-led completion figures in each quarter from January to March 2019 onwards, and also provide the latest trends seen in the UK HPI new build sales transactions figures across the two more recent quarters January to March and April to June 2020

It can be seen across the period January to March 2019 to October to December 2019 (the latest available quarterly figures for Scottish Government Private led completions) that both data series follow similar trends in respect of increases or decreases compared to the previous quarter. The Scottish Government figures are higher each quarter, but this is likely to be explained by differences in how the figures are constructed, for example that some self-build dwellings or dwellings built privately for tenures other than private sales will be included, whereas the HPI figures are based on private sale transactions only.

Summary Table 2 - Scotland-level HPI New Build Sales Transactions Volume for Scotland and Scottish Government Private Sector-led new build completions
HPI New Build Sales Transactions Volume Scottish Government Private-led completions
Jan - Mar 2019 2,407 3,438
Apr - Jun 2019 3,293 4,484
Jul - Sep 2019 2,759 4,005
Oct - Dec 2019 3,807 4,550
Jan - Mar 2020 2,327 Not available
Apr - Jun 2020 673 Not available
Change from Apr-Jun 2019 to Apr-Jun 2020 -2,620
Change (%) from Apr-Jun 2019 to Apr-Jun 2020 -80%

Sources: Scotland-level HPI New Build Sales Transactions Volume for Scotland and Scottish Government Private Sector-led new build completions

Chart 8: Scottish Government Private Sector led new housebuilding completions and HPI new build sales transactions. Scotland: Jan - Mar 2019 to Apr - Jun 2020
Scottish Government Private Sector led new housebuilding completions and HPI new build sales transactions, Jan-Mar 2019 to Apr-Jun 2020

The latest HPI figures show that there were 673 new build sales transactions in Scotland in the quarter from April to June 2020, a drop of 80% compared with the same quarter in the previous year.

The Scotland-level HPI figures indicate that the COVID-19 lockdown from mid-March to end June 2020, where home buyers were advised to delay moving to a new home where possible, is likely to have had a significant impact on the volume of new build sales in Scotland, as shown in the figure for the quarter April to June 2020.

Table 3 below shows the local authority level HPI figures for the volume of private new build sales transactions. It can be seen that 29 of the 32 local authorities have seen a reduction in the volume of private new build sales when comparing the latest period April to June 2020 with the same quarter in the previous year. In addition, all local authorities apart from Shetland Islands have shown a decrease in the volume of sales recorded in April to June 2020 compared to the quarter immediately prior (January to March 2020).

HPI figures are also available for each local authority for the more recent single month of July 2020. These figures show higher volumes of private new build sales in the single month of July 2020 compared to the combined three months of April to June 2020 in nearly half of the local authorities. These more recent figures for July 2020 therefore indicate that the volume of new build sales transactions is likely to be beginning to increase in many areas following the low figures seen in the quarter April to June 2020.

Table 3: UK House Price Index ( HPI) local authority level figures on the number of private new build sales transactions
Apr-Jun 2019 Jul-Sep 2020 Oct-Dec 2019 Jan-Mar 2020 Apr-Jun 2020 Spark-line charts: Apr-Jun 2020 compared to Apr-Jun 2019
Aberdeenshire 146 123 133 79 31 -79%
Angus 57 51 85 41 14 -75%
Argyll and Bute 38 14 44 14 7 -82%
City of Aberdeen 184 102 154 97 34 -82%
City of Dundee 87 51 57 50 14 -84%
City of Edinburgh 365 337 397 288 67 -82%
City of Glasgow 241 222 309 213 46 -81%
Clackmannanshire 20 23 31 28 7 -65%
Dumfries and Galloway 21 27 31 16 3 -86%
East Ayrshire 31 34 41 23 16 -48%
East Dunbartonshire 67 56 93 52 2 -97%
East Lothian 224 156 240 133 41 -82%
East Renfrewshire 66 82 117 66 9 -86%
Falkirk 97 71 117 45 11 -89%
Fife 193 175 223 137 64 -67%
Highland 125 105 160 102 20 -84%
Inverclyde 23 24 14 16 8 -65%
Midlothian 139 80 166 78 26 -81%
Moray 64 48 42 32 5 -92%
Na h-Eileanan Siar 0 2 0 2 1 n/a
North Ayrshire 12 31 50 52 11 -8%
North Lanarkshire 269 207 321 172 60 -78%
Orkney Islands 6 4 2 3 1 -83%
Perth and Kinross 114 129 137 77 20 -82%
Renfrewshire 180 124 176 113 29 -84%
Scottish Borders 20 9 23 10 4 -80%
Shetland Islands 3 3 3 0 0 -100%
South Ayrshire 25 30 53 25 11 -56%
South Lanarkshire 301 250 315 198 59 -80%
Stirling 5 18 27 18 8 60%
West Dunbartonshire 25 26 38 16 4 -84%
West Lothian 145 145 208 131 40 -72%
Scotland 3,293 2,759 3,807 2,327 673 -80%

Source: Scotland Local Authority level HPI New Build Sales Transactions Volume


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