Housing is a key part of our physical, economic, and social fabric. Increasing the number of new homes, of all tenures, will help to ensure that we meet current and future housing requirements, increase the overall quality and affordability of our homes and help to achieve the country's full potential through better employment opportunities, healthier lives and a more prosperous and fair society.
Housing supply activity is affected by a range of factors, with the following key influences:
- The supply of land for housing made available through the planning system
- The availability of finance, both to support new development and house purchase
- The capacity and responsiveness of developers and the construction sector
- The supply of enabling infrastructure - water, sewerage and roads
- Housing market conditions
Through its policy and guidance, Government sets the framework that supports planning authorities to identify current and future housing requirements, determine how and where these should be built and deliver the generous supply of land necessary to support that.
In addition, Government provides support to buyers and to industry to deliver new homes, while direct investment supports the provision of a range of affordable housing types throughout the country and helps to unlock activity more broadly throughout the housing system. Devolved building regulations also mean that new homes are built to increasingly higher standards and contribute towards the Government's ambitions on climate change and accessibility.
The Government also encourages a housing system that is more integrated, responsive to demand and therefore better able to reduce market volatility and improve affordability.
The supply of new housing in Scotland has maintained between 2015-16 and 2016-17, with an increase of 571 homes, or 3%, from 17,968 in 2015-16 to 18,539 in 2016-17. This annual increase is below the +1,000 homes change required for this indicator to show a ‘performance improving’ arrow.
There were 2,748 housing association new build completions in 2016-17, an increase of 428 homes or 18% on the previous year. Local authority new build completions totalled 1,143 homes, a marginal increase of 5 homes compared with 2015-16.
A total of 13,187 homes were built by the private sector in 2016-17, a small decrease of 182 homes (1%) from the 13,369 homes built in 2015-16.
The number of rehabilitations increased from 457 in 2015-16 to 599 in 2016-17, and the number of buildings converted to housing use also increased by 178 homes from 684 to 862.
The data is available at the bottom of the page.
This evaluation is based on: any difference within +/- 1,000 houses of last year's figure suggests that the position is more likely to be maintaining than showing any change. An increase of 1,000 houses or more suggests the position is improving; whereas a decrease of 1,000 houses or more suggests the position is worsening.
For information on general methodological approach, please click here.
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