13% increase in new build homes started in Scotland

There were 19,598 new build homes started across all sectors in Scotland over the year ending June 2017, an increase of 13%, or 2,188 homes, on the previous year, according to the latest Quarterly Housing Statistics for Scotland from Scotland’s Chief Statistician.

The statistics, which present the latest quarterly information on new build housing, affordable housing supply, and local authority right to buy sales, along with the latest annual figures on long term empty properties and second homes.

The 13% increase in all sector new build starts in the 12 months to end June 2017 included increases in private-led starts (5% or 668 homes) and housing associations starts (63% or 1,942 homes), whilst local authority starts fell by 422 homes (26%).

The total number of social sector starts — housing association and local authority starts combined — increased by 1,520 homes (32%).

There were 17,178 all sector new build completions in the 12 months to end June 2017, a decrease of 186 homes (1%) on the 17,364 completions in the previous year.

Private-led new builds increased by 59 homes (0.4%) and local authority new builds increased by 94 homes (8%), whilst housing association new builds decreased by 339 homes (12%).