Housing starts and completions


Nationally, there was a major increase in housing construction starts for England, up from 141,740 in 2015/16 to 162,880 in 2016/17. In total, 84.4% of the national figure was allocated to the private sector in the 2016/17 financial year. In the Lancashire-12 area, 94.6% of the 3,310 starts were in the private sector, whilst in Lancashire-14, the private-sector accounted for 92.0% of the 3,730 starts.

Chorley recorded over 450 starts in each of the past three financial years, whilst Preston had a substantial 500 in 2016/2017. In contrast, over the past three financial years, Hyndburn had only 190 starts. There were 290 more starts in Wyre in 2016/17 than in 2014/15 while in Blackburn with Darwen there were 250 more starts in 2016/17 than in 2015/16.

For housing completions, there were 147,960 in 2016/17 for England, an increase on the figure for the previous year (139,840). The figures for Chorley reveal a substantial 470 completions in 2016/17, 600 in 2015/16 and 630 in 2014/15. Fylde, Lancaster Preston, Ribble Valley and Wyre each had over 300 completions in 2016/17. In contrast, the 2016/17 results show under 150 completions in Blackpool and in the east Lancashire authorities of Burnley, Hyndburn, and Pendle.

Further analysis

Housing starts and completions, 2016/17 (PDF 131 KB) 

Page updated July 2017.