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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development

Scottish housing output up 7% Scottish housing output up 7%

The number of new homes in Scotland has risen by 7% in the last year, official figures published today have revealed.

Nearly 16,000 homes were built in the year to March 2014, compared to just under 15,000 the previous year - the first increase since 2007-08 and the beginning of the recession.

The figure includes new build housing, rehabilitations and conversions.

Private sector housebuilding and housing association rehabilitations accounted for the largest share of the growth, with private sector-led new build completions rising 9% on the previous year, to 10,686.

The Scottish government says that it remains on track to deliver on its target of 30,000 new 'affordable' homes by 2016.

A total of 6,850 'affordable' homes were completed through the Affordable Housing Supply Programme in the year to June 2014, up 9% on the previous year. Approvals were up 25% to 7,067, while starts were up 55% at 6,530.

Local authority housing figures show that in the year to March 2014, 1,140 new council houses were built in Scotland, the highest total in 25 years.

The Scottish government has invested over £135m through its Council House Building Programme, which has provided more than 4,000 new homes across Scotland since 2009.

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said: “It is encouraging to see that the number of new homes in Scotland has risen in the last year, driven in large part by an increase in the number of private sector completions.

“Since 2011 we have delivered more than 21,000 new affordable homes, bringing us over two-thirds of the way towards our five-year target of 30,000 new homes. We have also delivered over 15,000 homes for social rent, bringing us three quarters of the way towards our five-year target of 20,000 new homes."

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