Housing Statistics for Scotland Quarterly Update: New Housebuilding and Affordable Housing Supply to end June 2023

This statistical publication presents latest quarterly figures to end June 2023 on new housebuilding and Affordable Housing Supply, along with annual rates of new housebuilding and affordable housing supply per head of population, with comparisons to other UK countries.

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Private-led new housebuilding

The private sector is the biggest contributor to overall house building, accounting for over two-thirds (72%) of all homes completed in the 12 months to end June 2023.

Chart 5 below shows the annual number of private sector led starts and completions from 2008 to 2023 (years to end June).

This shows private sector led starts and completions falling substantially across the years 2008 and 2010 (years to end June) due to the financial crisis. After 2013 starts and completions increased across most years until dropping in the year to end June 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19 construction lockdown measures in place between April and June 2020. In 2021 both starts and completions increased, but since then, starts have fallen whilst completions have continued to increase. In the most recent year to end June 2023 completions increased by 9%, whilst starts have decreased by 7%.

Chart 5: Annual private sector led new build completions have increased in the latest year to end June 2023 by 9%, whilst starts have decreased by 7%.

Chart 5: A line chart showing annual private sector led starts and completions to the yearend June 2023, with completions picking up following the COVID-19 lockdown measures in place in the previous year.

Chart 6 below presents the latest quarterly trends. In April to June 2023 there were 3,982 private sector led homes completed, a decrease of 3% (107 homes) on the same quarter in 2022. This brings the total for the year ending June 2023 to 16,698, an increase of 9% (1,342 homes) on the 15,356 completions in the previous year.

There were 3,621 private sector led homes started in April to June 2023, a decrease of 23% (1,104 homes) on the same quarter in 2022. This brings the total for the year to end June 2023 to 13,760 starts, a decrease of 7% (1,085 homes) on the 14,845 starts in the previous year.

Chart 6: Private sector led new housebuilding starts and completions by quarter.

Chart 6: A line chart showing quarterly private sector starts and completions to the year ending June 2023.

Table 2: Private-led new housebuilding to end June 2023

Private sector homes



Quarter Apr to Jun 2019



Quarter Apr to Jun 2020



Quarter Apr to Jun 2021



Quarter Apr to Jun 2022



Quarter Apr to Jun 2023



Change from Q2 2022 to Q2 2023



Change from Q2 2022 to Q2 2023 (%)



Year to Jun 2019



Year to Jun 2020



Year to Jun 2021



Year to Jun 2022



Year to Jun 2023



Change from 2022 to 2023



Change from 2022 to 2023 (%)



Note in the table above that new housebuilding starts and completions in April to June 2020 were affected by the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown measures that were in place during that quarter.

Map B below shows that the local authority areas with the highest private sector led completion rates in the year to end June 2023 are Midlothian, East Lothian, West Lothian, Perth & Kinross, East Renfrewshire, Na h-Eileanan Siar, South Lanarkshire, City of Edinburgh, Highland, and Renfrewshire, with all having a rate of over 36 homes per 10,000 population.

The lowest rates meanwhile are in Argyll & Bute, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries & Galloway, East Dunbartonshire, Falkirk, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, Scottish Borders and West Dunbartonshire, with all seeing rates of 15 or fewer homes per 10,000 population.

Note: Private sector completion rates calculations contain some estimated figures for Angus, Dundee City, East Dunbartonshire, South Ayrshire, and Stirling. More details are available in the Data and Methodology section.

Map B: New build housing – Private Sector completions: rates per 10,000 population, year to end June 2023.

Map B: New build housing – A map of local authority areas in Scotland showing private sector completion rates per 10,000 population for year to end June 2023.

UK House Price Index (HPI) new build sales transactions, as a measure of private-led housebuilding activity to end March 2023

This section shows how the latest quarterly trends in the number of new build sales transactions in Scotland to end March 2023, based on residential property transaction figures published as part of the UK House Price Index (HPI), compare to the quarterly Scottish Government new housebuilding figures.

Chart 7 illustrates how the UK HPI figures compare to Scottish Government Private sector-led completion figures in each quarter from January to March 2019 onwards.

It can be seen across the period January to March 2019 to January to March 2023 that both data series generally follow broadly similar trends in respect of increases or decreases compared to the previous quarter. The Scottish Government figures are higher in most quarters, but this is likely to be explained by differences in how the figures are constructed, given 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 sales transactions only, and are based on date of completed sales transaction rather than date of completion.

Chart 7: Scottish Government Private Sector led new housebuilding completions and HPI new build sales transactions. Scotland: Jan - Mar 2019 to Jan - Mar 2023.

Chart 7: A line chart comparing Scottish Government private sector completion figures to HPI new build sales transactions, showing broadly similar trends.

Further information on the HPI data for Scotland, which is sourced from Registers of Scotland, is available in the HPI Quality assurance of administrative data section.



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