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UK house building levels rise

House building levels across the UK rose during May 2010, according to the latest NHBC statistics, offering a positive backdrop to the coalition's first budget.

During March to May 2010, 32,352 new homes were registered across the UK. This was a 68 per cent increase on the same three month period in 2009 (19,286), indicating continued year-on-year solid improvement across the sector.

Registrations during May 2010 (10,870) were also 56 per cent higher than in May 2009 (6,953).

Commenting on the figures, Imtiaz Farookhi, chief executive of NHBC, commented: "Despite the impact of the general election and the political uncertainty that surrounded it, NHBC's figures show that the number of homes being built in the UK is continuing to improve at a steady rate.

"Sustaining this level of improvement post-budget and into the summer building season however will be the next major challenge to face the industry", he added.

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

  • Private sector registrations were up 89 per cent (at 20,877) when compared with the same period last year (11,062)
  • Public sector registrations were 11,475 - 40 per cent higher than the same period a year ago (8,224).

NHBC publishes a quarterly booklet of its new house-building statistics - to subscribe visit www.nhbc.co.uk

Region

March 2010 to May 2010

March 2009 to May 2009

England - Regions

 

 

North East

1,229

762

North West

2,539

1,443

Yorkshire & the Humber

2,577

1,000

West Midlands

2,876

1,162

East Midlands

2,675

1,502

Eastern

3,418

2,227

South West

4,162

2,491

Greater London

4,208

1,824

South East

4,292

3,567

Totals for England

27,976

15,978

Scotland - Councils

2,299

1,806

Wales - Unitary Authorities

1,097

740

Northern Ireland - Counties

887

734

Isle of Man

93

28

Totals for UK

32,352

19,286

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: 23/06/10