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NHBC reports highest number of detached homes in a decade, as housing registrations rise again in 2014

New figures from NHBC show that housebuilders are building the highest number of detached homes for a decade - more than during the peak of the property boom in 2007.

Last year saw a sharp 24% increase in the numbers of detached houses registered with NHBC from 30,849 in 2013 to 38,113 in 2014 with growth particularly marked in the regions.

The renewed vigour in the detached market comes as NHBC reported a 9% increase in the overall volumes of homes registered from 133,670 in 2013 to 145,174 in 2014. The final quarter of the year was particularly strong (38,157), with an increase in registrations of 17% on Q 4 2013 (32,675).

Significantly, the regions enjoyed a particularly strong year for housing growth with areas such as Yorkshire and Humber (+24%) and the West Midlands (+16%) seeing big increases. Across the UK, Wales (+33%), Scotland (+9%) and Northern Ireland (+17%) all saw registrations out-stripping last year's volumes.

After the exceptional growth in 2013, London has returned to growth levels in line with the UK as a whole and several regions have outperformed London in rates of growth. The capital, which has historically been the main driver of housing growth in the UK, recorded a 10% increase in new housing registrations from last year¿s record figure of 26,230 to 28,733 in 2014.

Overall, the private sector recorded a 13% increase on last year with 110,403 new homes registered compared to 97,399 the previous year. Public sector volumes were down slightly by 4% from 36,271 in 2013 to 34,771 in 2014, which may be a result of changes in funding through the Affordable Homes Programme.

While there was a significant increase in detached homes, NHBC figures also show there were 31,650 semi-detached homes registered last year - an increase of 12% on 2013.

In contrast, the number of flats increased by just 5% with 48,685 registered last year - just over half the number registered at its peak volume in 2007 (90,221). Meanwhile, there was a two per cent drop in terraced homes registered (26,600) and a 16% drop in bungalows registered (2,059).

As the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK, NHBC'S monthly registration statistics are a leading indicator of the health of the country's new homes market.

Commenting on the 2014 annual registration statistics, NHBC Chief Executive Mike Quinton said: "We are encouraged to see that overall house-building levels grew by 9% last year - building on the strong volumes registered in 2013. The regions were the big drivers of growth in 2014 showing that the recovery is no longer centred in London and the South East.

"It looks like the detached home is making a comeback with our figures showing that housebuilders are building the highest number of detached properties for a decade with semis also performing well. Following an oversupply of flats outside London over the last decade, the growth in detached homes is restoring balance to the country's housing stock to meet the diverse needs of the UK population.

"Whilst the overall growth last year is to be welcomed, we are still building below the levels seen before the economic downturn and below what this country needs. With the General Election just three months away, it is therefore very encouraging that housing remains a top priority for all the main parties."

NHBC UK statistics for 2014 show that:

In 2014 the number of registrations was 145,174, a 9% increase on last year (133,670). Of these:

  • Private sector registrations in 2014 increased by 13% (110,403), compared with the same period in 2013 (97,399).
  • Public sector registrations in 2014 decreased by 4% (34,771) when compared to 2013 (36,271).

Full regional breakdown of total new homes registered 2014 by region/country:

Region

2013

2014

England - Regions

 

 

North East

5,178

5,296

North West

11,181

11,522

Yorkshire & the Humber

6,931

8,625

West Midlands

10,535

12,241

East Midlands

10,784

11,637

Eastern

14,387

13,500

South West

13,606

14,281

Greater London

26,230

28,733

South East

19,137

21,172

Totals for England

117,969

127,007

Scotland - Councils

10,052

11,003

Wales - Unitary Authorities

3,577

4,740

Northern Ireland - Counties

2,072

2,424

Totals for UK

133,670

145,174

 

NHBC's role is to support the industry in maintaining and improving the build quality of new homes for homebuyers, whilst providing the benefit of its 10-year Buildmark warranty protection, when required.

NHBC does this through a wide range of activities, from standards setting through technical support to warranty and insurance.

NHBC is a non-profit distributing organisation with no shareholders. It invests any surplus into activities that improve new homes further, in particular through its research arm, the NHBC Foundation.

NHBC is the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK. NHBC's ten-year Buildmark warranty covers around 80 per cent of new homes built in the UK, having covered nearly eight million homes since it began and currently protecting around 1.6 million homes.

 

Further information and charts:

 

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News Date: 30/01/15