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Statistics record summer fall in Welsh new home starts

Words: Laura Edgar
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The number of new residential developments started in Wales between July and September 2017 fell by a fifth to 1,511 dwellings compared with the previous quarter, according to latest statistics.

This is the lowest number of starts in a July-to-September quarter since 2012/13.

The number of completions also fell during this period, down 12 per cent on the previous year to 1,4,13. Again, this is noted as being the lowest number recorded in a July-September quarter since 2012/13.

The private sector accounted for most new housebuilding activity, taking responsibility for 84 per cent of the completions during the second quarter.

But this is down by 13 per cent to 1,188 dwellings when compared with the same period in 2016.

Registered Social Landlords also completed fewer homes, down by 12 per cent to 209 dwellings. This accounted for 15 per cent of completions during the quarter.

Local authorities in Flintshire completed 13 dwellings, while the Vale of Glamorgan completed three during July to September 2017.

* The information on new house building is based on the reports of local authority building inspectors and the National House Building Council (NHBC), which is a private approved inspector. They have not been seasonally adjusted.

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