National Statistics

House building in England: January to March 2012

House building starts and completions statistics by tenure.

Documents

House building statistics: March quarter, 2012, England

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House building tables: March quarter 2012, England and the regions: UK and constituent countries

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Pre-release access list: house building

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Detail

The latest statistics report on the period January to March 2012 and update those previously released on 16 February 2012.

The data in this release has been revised to include data from other approved inspectors. For more information please see the release.

The main points from this release are:

  • seasonally adjusted house building starts in England stood at 24,140 in the March quarter 2012, 11% lower than in the December quarter 2011
  • completions (seasonally adjusted) increased, up 6% to 31,010 in the March quarter 2012
  • private enterprise housing starts (seasonally adjusted) were 8% lower in the March quarter 2012 than the previous quarter, while starts by housing associations were 21% lower
  • private enterprise and housing association completions (seasonally adjusted) both increased by 8% from the previous quarter
  • seasonally adjusted starts are currently 42% above the trough in the March quarter 2009 but 50% below the December quarter 2005 peak; completions are 36% below their March quarter 2007 peak
  • annual housing starts totalled 104,970 in the 12 months to March 2012, down by 6% compared with the 12 months to March 2011
  • annual housing completions in England reached 117,870 in the 12 months to March 2012, an increase of 6% compared with the 12 months to March 2011