Housebuilders throughout Scotland have responded positively to government statistics showing an increase of 4.8% in the number of housing completions last year but spotlighted the volume of work that remains to be done to solve the country’s housing crisis.
In 2017, only 806 more homes were constructed than in 2016.
According to government statistics, 11,677 affordable properties were approved in Scotland in 2017 and early 2018. This figure represents a 14% increase over the previous year. They are also the third consecutive yearly increase since 2014-15.
Between October and December 2017, 4,344 new housing completions were done, which is 7% higher than the total reported during the same quarter the year before. The total for the year to end in December 2017 is 17,739 homes, which is 5% higher than the amount completed in 2016.
Construction began on 4,483 new homes between October and December 2017: 151 more than in the same quarter the year before. The total for the year ending December 2017 is 19,702, which is 8% higher than the 18,314 properties started in 2016.
The statistics show that 3,352 private sector homes were completed between October and December 2017, or 386 fewer properties than the same quarter in 2016. The year-end total came to 13,750, which is 5% more housing completions than the year before.