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Quarterly fall in house building numbers

18 Nov 11 Quarterly seasonally adjusted house building starts fell 1% compared with the previous quarter according to latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures.

Click to enlarge: starts per 1000 dwellings for each district in the 12 months to September
Click to enlarge: starts per 1000 dwellings for each district in the 12 months to September

The number of starts was 23,410 in the September quarter of 2011. Although 1% lower than in the June quarter the figure was 62% above the trough in the March quarter of 2009. The value was 51% below the December quarter 2005 peak.

Housing completions in England (seasonally adjusted) also decreased this quarter, down 4% from 27,330 in June quarter 2011 to 26,190 in the September quarter. This compares to a 5% fall between the March 2011 and the June 2011 quarters.

Annual housing starts reached 96,070 in the 12 months to September 2011, down by 7% compared with the 12 months to September 2010. Annual housing completions in England totalled 106,000 in the 12 months to September 2011, down by 2% compared with the 12 months to September 2010.

Private enterprise housing starts (seasonally adjusted) were 4%  above the June quarter 2011. Starts by housing  associations were down however, 13% lower than the  previous quarter.

Private enterprise housing completions (seasonally adjusted)  were 1% lower in the September 2011 quarter than in the  June 2011 quarter. Completions by housing associations  decreased by 10% between the June quarter 2011 and  September quarter 2011.

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