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05/02/2020

Stats: 11% rise in new-build starts over summer 2019

Words: Laura Edgar
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Statistics from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government show an 11 per cent increase in the number of unit starts between July and September 2019 compared with the corresponding period in 2018.

The report, giving seasonally adjusted figures, says 39,510 homes were started between July and September 2019 – 2 per cent more than between April to June 2019.

Completions have been estimated at 46,000 (seasonally adjusted) during the summer, which is 2 per cent more than the previous quarter and 11 per cent more than the same period in 2018.

New-build starts by private firms were up by 3 per cent in the three months to September 2019 compared with the April to June quarter, while completions rose by 5 per cent. Housing associations started 4 per cent fewer homes compared with the April to June quarter, with completions down by 14 per cent.

In the year to September 2019, 157,550 homes were started – 7 per cent fewer than the number started in the year to September 2018. During that year 177,980 homes were completed – up 9 per cent on a year earlier.

House Building; New Build Dwelling, England: September Quarter 2019 can be found on the UK Government website (pdf).

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