The most recent Quarterly Housing Statistics for Scotland has confirmed that there were over 10,000 affordable home approvals over the year ending March 2017.
This represents a 29% increase over the previous year, the highest level of activity in Scotland’s housebuilding industry since the early 1980s.
However, housing output in Scotland has continued to weaken overall, with only 88 more homes built in 2016 than in 2015. Figures also suggest that the situation won’t be improving in the near future, with a decrease in the number of homes being commenced in the same time period.
Homes for Scotland Chief Executive Nicola Barclay said that whilst the Scottish government has reported a 29% increase in affordable home funding approvals, allocating grants is not the same thing as actually building the properties.
Ms Barclay said that what was more concerning for the residents of Scotland was the wider outlook suggested by total figures across all tenures. Completion levels are still 36% lower than the levels reported in 2007 and even lower than what was produced in 2010.