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Home building levels increase UK-wide

New home registration levels are on the rise across the whole of the UK, according to NHBC.

A total of 31,038 new homes were registered during the period February - April 2010. This was a 74 per cent improvement on the same period last year (17,859) and indicates consistent improvement in the house-building sector.

"Our figures show a steady improvement in the number of homes being built in the UK, indicating that the industry has consolidated and built on the improved conditions seen over the past months," said Imtiaz Farookhi, chief executive of NHBC.

"The challenge will be to sustain this growth against the backdrop of an uncertain environment, as the new coalition settles in and sets out its strategy for meeting the country's housing needs."

NHBC statistics for the three months to the end of April 2010 show that both private and public sector demonstrated significant improvements:

  • Private sector registrations were up 113 per cent (at 20,538) when compared with the same period last year (9,627)
  • Public sector registrations were 10,500 - 28 per cent higher than the same period a year ago (8,232).

NHBC publishes a quarterly booklet of its new house-building statistics - subscribe here.

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Full regional breakdown of new homes registered February 2010 to April 2010 by region / country

Region

Feb 2010 to April 2010

Feb 2009 to April 2009

England - Regions

 

 

North East

1,523

630

North West

2,413

1,491

Yorkshire & the Humber

2,130

967

West Midlands

2,632

936

East Midlands

2,510

1,381

Eastern

3,587

2,618

South West

3,276

2,280

Greater London

3,580

1,375

South East

4,768

3,061

Totals for England

26,419

14,739

Scotland - Councils

2,547

1,561

Wales - Unitary Authorities

1,057

786

Northern Ireland - Counties

953

749

Isle of Man

62

24

Totals for UK

31,038

17,859


About NHBC

NHBC is the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK. It was established more than 73 years ago as a non-profit distributing company. NHBC's primary purpose is to help raise standards to protect homeowners. NHBC's ten-year 'Buildmark' warranty covers approximately 80% of new homes built in the UK and currently protects around 1.6 million homes.

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News Date: 28/05/10