‘15% increase in new housing supply in Scotland is highest for 10 years’ but not news for BBC

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From Scottish Housing News yesterday:

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has welcomed a 15% increase in Scotland’s supply of new housing but has warned that a no-deal Brexit could have a damaging effect on future growth. More than 22,000 homes have become available in the past year – nearly 3,000 more homes than the previous year. This is the sixth consecutive annual increase in the total housing supply, the highest annual figure since 2008-09, and for the first time since 1980, local authority housing stock has also increased.

3 key findings from the Annual Housing statistics update:

New housing supply: New housing supply (new build, refurbishment and net conversions) increased by 15% between 2017-18 and 2018-19, from 19,320 to 22,273 new homes.  Housing supply figures include private-led and social sector new builds, as well as conversions and rehabilitations. Housing association new builds increased by 1,041 homes (33%) and private-led new builds increased by 2,679 homes (21%), whilst local authority new builds decreased by 51 homes (3%), refurbishments decreased by 642 homes (67%) and net conversions decreased by 74 homes (10%).

New house building: In 2018-19, 21,292 new build homes were completed in Scotland, an increase of 3,669 homes (21%) on the 17,623 completions in the previous year, the sixth consecutive annual increase and the highest annual number of completions since 2007-08. During the same time-period the number of homes started increased by 3,160 homes (16%) from 19,604 to 22,764.

Affordable housing: (As previously reported on 11 June 2019): In 2018-19, there were 9,554 units completed through all Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) activity, an increase of 994 units (12%) on the previous year. Approvals decreased by 547 units (5%) in the latest year to 11,130 in 2018-19 and starts increased by 303 units (3%) to reach 10,872. This activity represents the first three years in the target period to build 50,000 affordable homes, including 35,000 for social rent, over the five-year period from 2016-17 to 2020-21.

https://scottishhousingnews.com/article/scottish-government-welcomes-15-increase-of-new-housing-supply

Earlier reports here on housing:

Scotland’s construction sector ‘accelerating’ thanks to SNP Government investment in public housing

Scotland’s affordable housing supply continues to increase ahead of non-Scottish parts

‘Social housing: One of Scotland’s best kept secrets?’ Tell our Nomedia

92% of Scots happy with their housing!

SNP Government builds affordable/social housing at almost twice the rate of Tories in England

Scotland increasingly ‘streets ahead’ of England on affordable housing delivery

Scottish social housing more accessible and cheaper than in rest of UK

Good news on affordable housing from the Scotsman despite unnecessary quotation marks, a wee ‘despite’ and a ‘but’

Published by johnrobertson834

Retired Professor of Media Politics Not-for-profit independent political analysis

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