Information on the number of new dwellings started, where building has commenced and those completed for October to December 2022.
This is the latest release in the series: New house building
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, publications of the quarterly New House Building in Wales reports were suspended following publication of the quarterly report covering October to December 2019. The quarterly new house building publication for April to June 2022 saw the reintroduction of the report. The October to December 2022 data has been compared with the previous quarter and the October to December quarter of 2019, prior to the pandemic.
The information is based on the reports of local authority building inspectors and the National House Building Council (NHBC), a private approved inspector. Tenure data should be treated with caution (see notes).
New dwellings started
- 992 new dwellings were started during October to December 2022, 25% fewer than during the same quarter of 2019 and 24% fewer than the previous quarter (July to September 2022).
New dwellings completed
- 1,805 new dwellings were completed this quarter (October to December 2022), 3% higher than during the same quarter of 2019 and 35% higher than the previous quarter (July to September 2022).
- The number of completed 4 or more bedroom properties this quarter was 507, which was 14% higher than during the same quarter of 2019 and 58% higher than the previous quarter, accounting for 28% of all completed dwellings.
- The number of completed 3-bedroom properties this quarter was 662, which was 10% lower than during the same quarter of 2019 but 21% higher than the previous quarter, accounting for 37% of all completed dwellings.
- The number of completed 2-bedroom properties this quarter was 444 which was 14% higher than during the same quarter of 2019 and 56% higher than the previous quarter, accounting for 25% of all completed dwellings.
- The number of completed 1-bedroom properties this quarter was 192, which was largely unchanged from the 189 properties in the same quarter in 2019 and from the 188 properties in the previous quarter, accounting for 11% of all completed dwellings.
New dwellings completed by tenure
Splits by tenure should be treated with caution as they are believed to include an undercount of social sector and local authority new builds, but an overcount of private sector and Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) (see notes).
- Compared to the same quarter of 2019, the proportion of completions by the private sector was largely unchanged (79% to 78%).
- Compared to the same quarter of 2019, the number of completions by local authorities has risen, from 0 dwellings to 14.
- The proportion of completions for RSLs was largely unchanged (21% to 22%).
- Compared to the previous quarter, completions were higher across both the private sector and RSLs but lower from local authorities. Of the 1,805 completions, 1,401 were private sector completions (26% higher), 390 RSL (162% higher) and 14 local authorities (82% lower).
Due to rounding, some figures may not add up to 100%.
This data is based on the reports of local authority building inspectors and the National House Building Council (NHBC) a private approved inspector. It does not include information from other private approved inspectors. It is sometimes difficult for building control officers and NHBC to identify the intended final tenure of the property (the basis for the tenure information). This may lead to an under-count of social sector new house building and an over-count for the private sector. Within the social sector it may also lead to an under-count of local authority new house building and an over count for the RSL sector. Therefore, the tenure data should be treated with caution.
Both starts and completions will be influenced by quarterly fluctuations including the timing of starts and completions on large sites in some authorities and seasonal factors such as holidays and weather. These statistics are not seasonally adjusted.
We also publish separate statistics on affordable housing provision. The figures cover all additional affordable housing units, whether through new build, purchase, acquisition, leasing or conversion of existing dwellings.
Headline figures and StatsWales data are published quarterly and a report is published annually. The information published on StatsWales includes local authority level data as well as the number of new dwellings completed by dwelling type and number of bedrooms.
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