The number of housing schemes where building began in the three months to September barely changed from those in the previous quarter year, the latest government figures reveal.
Between July and September seasonally adjusted house building starts stood at 23,410. This is 1 per cent lower than in the three months to June.
Seasonally adjusted housing completions in England also fell in the quarter year to September, down 4 per cent to 26,190 from 27,330 in the previous quarter. This compares to a 5 per cent fall between the March 2011 and the June 2011 quarters.
Annual housing starts reached 96,070 in the 12 months to September 2011, down by 7 per cent compared with the 12 months to September 2010. Annual housing completions in England totalled 106,000 in the 12 months to September 2011, down by 2 per cent compared with the 12 months to September 2010.