The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) publishes a range of annual and quarterly house building statistics. These statistics record when homes start and when homes complete and are available nationally, by local authority and by local enterprise partnership.

The annual housebuilding statistics for year, tenure and district can be found at DCLG Table 253. In England, over 162,000 homes were started – up from just under 143,000 the previous year.

That is good news in itself – as it is the highest housebuilding starts level recorded since 2008/09. It is the fifth highest year in more than quarter of a century.

The latest housebuilding figures are due out at the end of November 2017

Since the last publication date, the housebuilding industry has remained positive about building and growth. However, three key risk factors that are most commonly raised in industry discussions are:

  1. Brexit negotiations, and the resultant impact on internal confidence as well as external market access to skills and materials.
  2. Macroeconomic events, such as inflation and cost of living.
  3. Affordability: namely affordability of rents and access to finance for mortgages, particularly for younger people.

It is expected that the upcoming Autumn 2017 budget will be taken to sustain housebuilding momentum across all three lead developers: private housebuilders, councils and housing associations.

On 9 November 2017, the Government released the latest Additional Affordable Housing Supply statistics

For statistical purposes 'Affordable Housing' has a technical meaning that may be different from the everyday or policy meaning of the term.

The technical use of 'Affordable Housing' takes its reference from the National Planning Policy Framework definition.

Put simply it means housing that is not met by the market and which is available to eligible groups. It does not generally include housing that in itself is 'low cost market housing' - in other words, housing that may be affordable in the more everyday sense of the word. It does not include Help to Buy. It does include shared ownership.

The provision of Affordable Housing for these purposes falls into two broad groups: affordable housing that is agreed to be provided under planning agreements and affordable housing that is provided as part of a government programme, generally the Homes & Communities Agency or the Greater London Authority.  The larger part of all affordable housing other than affordable rent is provided through the first group (planning agreements, section 106/no grant agreements).