New build completions up 6% in Q3: DCLG


New build completions were 37,280 in the third quarter, up 6 per cent on Q2 and up 7 per cent year-on-year, according to the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The DCLG statistics say completions were 141,690 in the year to September 2016, up 4 per cent on the same period of 2015.

New build starts in England were 38,730 in the third quarter of 2016, up 6 per cent on the second quarter and a rise of 10 per cent on Q3 2015.

Legal & General Housing Partnerships director Stephen Smith says: “It is encouraging to see an increase in the number of affordable new homes being built across the UK.

“This, coupled with the pledges Chancellor Philip Hammond made yesterday, suggests that the future looks brighter for the housing market.

“With hints at a housing white paper to be delivered by the end of this year, it seems that the Government is finally stepping up and tackling the chronic housing crisis once and for all.”

Credit: DCLG
Credit: DCLG

Mortgage Advice Bureau new homes director Andy Frankish says: “These figures suggest that since the Referendum in June, current consumer demand for new homes and construction levels show no signs of abating.

“Having said that, despite seeing an overall increase in output, there has been a marginal decrease on Housing Association starts, reflecting the previous Government’s focus on home ownership.

“Given Chancellor Hammond’s statement yesterday, this is an important element of the housing ecosystem, and we do need to support affordable solutions going forwards.

“Part of this approach could be to have more lenders on board offering a wider range of affordable products, and it will be interesting to see how the sector evolves going forwards given new levels of Government support.”