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Stats indicate decline in new-build starts in Q4 2019

Words: Laura Edgar
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Between October and December 2019, there were an estimated 34,260 new-build starts in England, 11 per cent less than the number started between July and September 2019. 

It was also 17 per cent less than the number started in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to approximate statistics published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). 

The release also estimates that starts were down by 10 per cent in the private sector compared with the
previous three months, while housing associations started 18 per cent dwellings.

Estimates suggest that there were 44,980 completions in this quarter – a 1 per cent decrease from the previous quarter and 3 per cent higher than a year ago.

During 2019 as a whole, there were 151,020 new homes started – a 10 per cent decline on the year to December 2018. 

A total of 178,800 homes were completed in 2019 – 9 per cent more than in 2018.

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

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