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14,228 new homes registered in April, reports NHBC

More than 14,000 new homes were registered to be built in the UK in April according to NHBC's latest registration statistics – an increase of 17% compared to a year ago.

A total of 14,228 new homes (11,258 private sector; 2,970 public sector) were registered in April, compared to 12,201 (8,988 private sector; 3,213 public sector) 12 months ago. Completions were also up 4% for the month compared to last April (10,378 in 2016; 10,005 in 2015).

There were 40,399 new home registrations in the rolling quarter (February 2016 - April 2016), a slight decrease of 1% on last year's figures (40,877).

During these three months several regions experienced a notable growth in registrations, compared to 2015, including the North East (+47%), South East (+23%) and Yorkshire & Humberside (+18%).

As the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK, NHBC's registration statistics are a lead indicator of UK house-building activity. For 80 years, NHBC has been committed to driving up quality and raising standards in housebuilding and has approximately 80% market share.

Commenting on the latest figures, NHBC Chief Executive Mike Quinton said: "April's new home figures show that the industry enjoyed a successful month, with registration numbers well ahead of this time last year.

"For the rolling quarter, new home registration volumes are virtually identical, demonstrating further consolidation on last year's levels.

"During these periods of sustained industry activity and production, NHBC remains committed to ensuring the highest possible quality in the standards of the UK’s new homes."

  • During Feb '16 - April '16, the number of NHBC new home registrations was 40,399, a 1% decrease on the same period last year (40,877)
  • 31,712 were registered in the private sector, a 3% increase compared to last year (30,647)
  • 8,687 were registered in the public sector, a 15% decrease compared to last year (10,230)

Full regional breakdown of total new homes registered for the rolling quarter Feb 2016 - Apr 2016;

Region

Feb 16 - Apr 16

Feb 15 - Apr 15

England - Regions

 

 

North East

1,475

1,002

North West

3,471

3,579

Yorkshire & the Humber

2,288

1,936

West Midlands

3,405

4,375

East Midlands

3,128

3,746

Eastern

3,934

4,692

South West

4,273

4,480

Greater London

5,807

5,357

South East

7,805

6,326

Totals for England

35,586

35,493

Scotland - Councils

3,049

3,273

Wales - Unitary Authorities

1,043

1,349

Northern Ireland - Counties

721

762

Totals for UK

40,399

40,877

 

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.

 

NHBC Media Contacts

James Hall | 01908 746 738 | 07435 786 851
Nadia Bedra | 01908 746 734 | 07501 226 656

News Date: 26/05/16