National Statistics

House building in England: January to March 2013

House building starts and completions statistics by tenure.



The latest national statistics on house building in England were released on 16 May 2013.

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 2013 and update those previously released on 21 February 2013.

Key points from the latest release are:

  • seasonally adjusted house building starts in England are estimated at 27,370 in the March quarter 2013, 4% higher than the previous quarter
  • completions (seasonally adjusted) are estimated at 24,900 in the March quarter 2013, 8% lower than the previous quarter
  • private enterprise housing starts (seasonally adjusted) were 7% higher in the March quarter 2013 than the previous quarter, whilst starts by housing associations were 1% higher
  • seasonally adjusted private enterprise completions decreased by 7% and housing association completions fell by 9% from the previous quarter
  • seasonally adjusted starts are now 62% above the trough in the March quarter 2009 but 44% below the March quarter 2007 peak; completions are 49% below their March quarter 2007 peak
  • annual housing starts totalled 101,920 in the 12 months to March 2013, down by 3% compared with the year before; annual housing completions in England totalled 108,190 in the 12 months to March 2013, 8% compared to the previous 12 months