The latest national statistics on house building were released under the auspices of the UK Statistics Authority on 19 May 2011.
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 2011 and update those previously released on 17 February 2011.
The main points from this release are:
- seasonally adjusted house building starts stood at 29,140 in the March quarter 2011, 26% higher than in the December quarter 2010 and 88% above the trough in the March quarter 2009, but 41% below their March quarter 2007 peak
- private enterprise housing starts (seasonally adjusted) were 24% higher than in the December quarter 2010; starts by housing associations were also up, 37% higher than the previous quarter
- housing completions in England (seasonally adjusted) also increased this quarter, up 25% from 23,500 in December quarter 2010 to 29,380 in the March quarter 2011; this compares to a 12% fall between the September 2010 and the December 2010 quarters
- private enterprise housing completions (seasonally adjusted) were 23% higher in the March 2011 quarter than in the December 2010 quarter; completions by housing associations increased by 29% between the December quarter 2010 and March quarter 2011.
- annual housing starts reached 106,590 in the 12 months to March 2011, up by 22% compared with the 12 months to March 2010
- annual housing completions in England totalled 105,930 in the 12 months to March 2011, down by 7% compared with the 12 months to March 2010
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