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Private sector house building stable in 2012, despite overall decline - According to latest NHBC data

Figures released today from NHBC indicate that the overall level of house building declined during 2012 with 104,510 new homes registered during 2012; a 9% decrease on 2011 (114,930). This decline was entirely contributable to public sector housing registrations which dropped from 36,680 in 2011, to 26,390 in 2012.

However, the level of private house building in the UK was stable during 2012, with 78,120 new homes registered, compared to 78,250 in 2011.

Commenting on the annual statistics for 2012, NHBC Commercial Director Richard Tamayo said:

"In summary 2012 was a challenging year for the house building industry overall but ended on an encouraging note with Q4 figures 17% up on the same period for 2011. With Government-backed schemes such as NewBuy and Funding for Lending helping to increase mortgage availability, there are reasons to believe that 2013 may see the industry able to build on some of the positive momentum we saw towards the end of 2012, which does seem to be carrying over into January.

"Nonetheless, with house-building volumes so far below the numbers desperately needed in the UK, this is clearly an issue that needs to remain at the heart of Government policy."

NHBC UK statistics for October - December 2012 show that:

For the rolling quarter October - December 2012 the number of UK registrations was 24,567, a 17% increase on the same period last year (21,060). Of these:

  • Private sector registrations in October - December 2012 increased by 14% (17,961), compared with the same period in 2011 (15,780).
  • Public sector registrations in October - December 2012 increased by 25% (6,606) when compared with the same period a year ago (5,280)

Read a review of our 2012 statistics:

New Homes Statistics Review 2012

Full regional breakdown of total new homes registered October - December 2012 by region/country: :

Region

Oct - Dec 2012

 October - December 2011

England - Regions

 

 

North East

946

801

North West

1,532

1,417

Merseyside

219

369

Yorkshire & the Humber

1,625

1,037

West Midlands

1,940

1,722

East Midlands

1,671

1,950

Eastern

3,359

2,103

South West

2,712

2,411

Greater London

3,697

2,872

South East

3,851

3,267

Totals for England

21,552

17,949

Scotland - Councils

1,677

1,857

Wales - Unitary Authorities

896

798

Northern Ireland - Counties

432

448

Isle of Man

10

8

Totals for UK

24,567

21,060

From March 2012 our Quarterly Statistics are incorporated into NHBC's Housing Market Report - Subscribe here.

Media contact at NHBC

Nadia Bedra or James Hall
nbedra@nhbc.co.uk, 01908 746 734
jhall@nhbc.co.uk, 01908 746 738

News Date: 28/01/13