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In February 2003, it is estimated that 13,700 dwellings were started ...
In February 2003, it is estimated that 13,700 dwellings were started

in England and 10,800 were completed. The equivalent figures for

Great Britain were 16,700 and 13,300.

Dwelling starts in England during the three months to February were

up 8 per cent (after allowing for seasonal variation) on the same

period a year ago.

Completions, on the same basis, were up 7 per cent. (The seasonally

adjusted figures show the rate of monthly starts has been mostly

level between August and February. Monthly completions, over the same

period, showed some increase particularly in November and December.)

Starts and completions in Great Britain followed similar trends:

starts up 8 per cent (after seasonal adjustment) during the three

months to February compared with the same period last year and

completions up 6 per cent.

Publication of house building figures

ODPM plans to publish housing starts and completions quarterly from

financial year 2003/04, because quarterly figures are better for

assessing trends as the monthly figures are very variable.


1. Estimates are included in the monthly figures for Great Britain of

house building in Wales and Scotland but they are not published

separately in the Statistical Release.

2. The monthly figures are very variable, and therefore attention is

directed to the latest three months rather than to the latest single

month. The seasonally adjusted figures show the trends underlying the

variation of building activity during different times of the year.

3. The figures shown in tables 1 and 2 are derived from records kept

for building control purposes. It is sometimes difficult for data

providers to identify whether a dwelling is being built for a housing

association or for a private developer. This may lead to an

understatement of housing association starts and completions recorded

in these tables, and a corresponding overstatement of private

enterp rise figures. This problem is more likely to occur with starts

than completions.

4. Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) include housing associations

and Local Housing Companies that are registered with the Housing

Corporation; some housing associations are not registered and are

outside this RSL category. The Housing Corporation was able to

register Local Housing Companies from the end of 1996.

5. National Statistics are produced to high professional standards

set out in the National Statistics Code of Practice. They undergo

regular quality assurance Reviews to ensure that they meet customer


6. The seasonally adjusted figures are no longer constrained to the

unadjusted financial year totals, which has resulted in a revision to

the seasonally adjusted series for both England and Great Britain.

7. The tables and charts accompanying this release are shown below in

the Table of Contents. They are provided in both MS Excel and Comma

Separated Value (CSV) files.

8. Next publication date of house building figures: 8 May 2003.


Table 1: Housebuilding starts and completions: Great Britain (MS

Excel) and (CSV)

Table 2: Housebuilding starts and completions: England (MS Excel) and


Charts: Housebuilding starts and completions: Great Britain:

Seasonally adjusted rates over three months (MS Excel only)

Tables are available on the ODPM website:

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