Key statistics briefing: How many homes did housing associations build in 2015/16?

We have recently completed an important survey of developing housing associations to capture the full scale and breadth of their homebuilding activity.

18 July 2016

There has been a long-standing problem with the available data on the supply of new housing association homes. The housebuilding figures published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) do not attribute all of those homes which are built for housing associations through Section 106 agreements to the housing association category, as acknowledged in the notes for that dataset. In addition to this, the data published by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Greater London Authority (GLA) only captures activity within the programmes they fund, so misses out provision of homes outside these programmes, whether they are market or sub-market products.

In order to address this, and gain a more complete picture of the level and breadth of development activity engaged in by our members, we have collected data on new development directly from housing associations who are developing, achieving a response rate of 74%.

Summary of key points:

  • In 2015/16, housing associations built over 40,000 homes in England.
  • 43% – or 17,287 – of these were built outside the Affordable Housing Programme (AHP).
  • 18% of total completions were built for market sale or rent.
  • Nearly 3,500 homes for social rent were completed outside the Affordable Housing Programme, as opposed to just under 2,000 within it.