Where to find information: The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) publishes a range of annual and quarterly house building statistics that consider where and who is building homes. It also publishes statistics about total housing supply and stock by country, local enterprise partnership area and local authority.
New homes built: For England, the latest release from September 2018 confirms that over 164,500 homes were started in 2017– up from 156,140 in 2016 and the strongest year so far since the credit crunch. There were a similar number of completions at 163,410 homes. Again, the strongest year so far since the credit crunch. (Live Table 244)
A broader picture: When considering the supply of housing, the number of new homes being built is only part of the picture. The Government looks at housing supply from other sources as well as new building. This includes changes of use that both add and subtract from the total number of homes available. (Live Table 120)
Additions can be from changes in use from one type of building to another. Office to residential permitted development has been a key policy change in more recent years that has driven significant additional housing supply. By contrast, planned demolition, for example as part of a an estate regeneration programme, can reduce the amount of housing stock in a given year.
Interestingly, the number of new homes built in the housing supply series is not the direct read across of the new housebuilding series. There are technical reasons for this including the period and nature of the reporting of information. And it doesn't always mean that the figure in Net Housing Supply is higher. Indeed, in 2009 it was a deficit figure. However, in recent years, net housing supply has been markedly higher than reported only months before - last year nearer 43,000 homes higher in LT120 than the number of new homes reported in the housebuilding series LT244.
In total, annual housing supply in England for 2017-2017 was a very strong performance, at 217,350 net additional dwellings, up 15% on 2015-16.
The 217,350 net additions in 2016-17 resulted from 183,570 new build homes, 37,190 gains from change of use between non-domestic and residential, 5,680 from conversions between houses and flats and 720 other gains (caravans, house boats etc.), offset by 9,820 demolitions.