The latest national statistics on house building in England were released on 20 May 2010.
Statistics in this release present figures on new-build housing starts and completions in England. Figures for the UK and constituent countries are also available in the accompanying tables.
The latest statistics report on the period January to March 2010 and update those previously released on 18th February 2010.
The main points from this release are:
- there were 24,930 seasonally adjusted house building starts in England in the March quarter 2010, 13% higher than in the previous quarter and 62% above the trough in the March quarter 2009, but 49% below their March quarter 2007 peak
- private enterprise housing starts (seasonally adjusted) were 16% higher than in the December quarter 2009; by comparison starts by registered social landlord remained unchanged on the previous quarter
- housing completions in England fell by 6% to an estimated 26,090 (seasonally adjusted) in the March quarter 2010 compared to the previous quarter; this follows a 7% fall between the September 2009 and December 2009 quarters
- private enterprise housing completions (seasonally adjusted) were 8% lower in the March quarter 2010 than the December quarter 2009; completions by registered social landlords rose by 3% over the same period
- annual housing completions in England totalled 113,420 in 2009 to 2010, down by 15% compared with the 2008 to 2009 total
- the average energy efficiency (SAP rating) of new homes in England was 79.0 and in Wales 78.8 in the March quarter 2010 (the SAP rating is expressed on a scale of 1 to 100: the higher the number, the lower the running costs)