House building: July to September quarter 2006


This statistical release presents the latest figures on new house
building starts and completions in England and its regions up to the quarter
ending September 2006. (The commentary focuses on England but the some
tables provide figures for the other UK countries.)

Summary
Figures for the latest quarter to September show some slowing in the
recent increases in housing starts and completions in England. There
were, however, increases in some regions and the longer term trends show
housing starts and completions in the 12 months to this September around
25 per cent higher than for the equivalent period in 2001.

Starts and Completions in July to September

In England, in the quarter to September 2006, there were 40,800 starts
and 37,700 completions.
Comparing the quarter to September with the equivalent period in 2005:
* Starts were down 9 per cent
* Completions were down 1 per cent
* There were regional variations-
- starts up in the East Midlands (up 3 per cent) and the South East (up
4 per cent)
- completions up in Yorkshire and the Humber (up 11 per cent), West
Midlands (up 1 per cent), East of England (up 3 per cent), London (up 20
per cent) and the South West (up 9 per cent).

Starts and Completions in the 12 months to September 2006

Looking at the medium trends by comparison of the 12 months to
September 2006 with the equivalent period in the previous year, there were:

* 178,900 starts up 2 per cent on the figure for the same 12 month
period last year.
* 165,400 completions, up 6 per cent on the figure for the same 12
month period last year
* regions with increases in starts were North West (up 1 per cent),
East Midlands (up 2 per cent) the North East (up 3 per cent), South East
(up 14 per cent) and the South West (up 17 per cent).
* All regions saw increases in completions except the West Midlands
(down 1 per cent) and South East (same level).

Longer Trends
Looking at the long trend, starts and completions in the 12 months to
this September were around 25 per cent higher than in the equivalent
period to September 2001.

The following charts illustrate the trends in starts and completions
through use of a 'quarterly moving average' (note 4)).
Chart 1 Starts and Completions (England)
Chart 2 Starts by region (North and Midlands)
Chart 3 Completions by region (North and Midlands)
Chart 4 Starts by region (South)
Chart 5 Completions by region (South)

Technical Note
The underlying local authority figures have benefited from revisions as
a result of quality checks. These have produced some changes to the
regional figures prior to 2001, but trends since then were unaffected.