National Statistics

House building in England: October to December 2010

House building starts and completions statistics by tenure.

Documents

House building statistics: December quarter, 2010, England

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House building tables: December quarter 2010, 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 national statistics on house building in England were released on 17 February 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 October to December 2010 and update those previously released on 18 November 2010.

The main points from this release are:

  • seasonally adjusted house building starts stood at 23,000 in the December quarter 2010, 11% lower than in the September quarter 2010 and 54% below their March quarter 2007 peak, but 48% above the trough in the March quarter 2009
  • private enterprise housing starts (seasonally adjusted) were 9% lower than in the September quarter 2010; by comparison starts by housing associations were 20% lower over the same period
  • housing completions in England (seasonally adjusted) fell this quarter, down 13% from 26,760 in September quarter 2010 to 23,190 in the December quarter 2010; this compares to a 1% rise between the June 2010 and the September 2010 quarters
  • private enterprise housing completions (seasonally adjusted) were 18% lower in the December 2010 quarter than in the September 2010 quarter; by comparison, completions by housing associations increased by 3% between the September and December quarters 2010
  • industry commentators point to the unusually poor weather conditions in December as having had a noticeable negative impact on construction; it is likely that this affected house building starts and completions; unusual weather is not accounted for by seasonal adjustment of the figures
  • annual housing starts reached 103,140 in the 12 months to December 2010, up by 32% compared with the 12 months to December 2009
  • annual housing completions in England were 102,570 in the 12 months to December 2010, down by 13% compared with the 12 months to December 2009

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