House-building falls on Welsh Labour Government’s watch

The number of new homes where construction had started and completed in Wales has fallen over the last year, according to Welsh Government figures.

During 2017/18, the number of new dwellings started decreased by 12% compared to the previous year’s 6,037 dwellings, marking the lowest annual number recorded for four years.

The number of new dwellings completed also dropped by 2% on the previous year.

Denbighshire had the lowest number of starts last year (48), followed by Merthyr Tydfil (55). Four other councils saw fewer than 100 starts.

In the same period, Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil had the lowest number of completions and were the only local authorities to not have the number of completions in three-figure numbers.

The most housing starts occurred in Cardiff and Newport – 1,042 and 598, respectively. The areas with the highest number of completions were Newport (856) and the Vale of Glamorgan (779).

Wales also saw the first council houses built in Wales in four years. However, they were completed in only two local authorities – Flintshire, where 78 were built, accounted for the vast majority, while three were built in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Commenting, the Welsh Conservative Shadow Housing Secretary David Melding AM said:

“Time and time again a generation of aspirational homeowners are let down by the simple fact that we aren’t building enough homes.

“All the experts agree – the targets that we have in Wales just aren’t ambitious enough, and the Welsh Government can’t even hit those.

“The whole sector is desperate for the vital leadership of a brave and determined Government in Wales, because this is something that we are yet to see.

“We can do better, and Wales deserves better. All we need now is a Government that can deliver the homes that Wales needs.”