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House building registrations fluctuate

The number of registrations to build new homes in the UK dipped during June, according to NHBC, but was still up on the same month last year.

NHBC recorded 9,263 registrations during the month, compared with 10,870 in May this year and 8,305 in June 2009. While individual monthly figures show considerable volatility, the next few months may be pivotal in terms of predicting the path of recovery in new homes supply.

NHBC chief executive Imtiaz Farookhi said: "Our figures show a drop in registrations during June. It is too early to establish whether this is cause for concern, it may be a sign that the housing market recovery, while not abating, is beginning to plateau short-term.

"In the longer term the demographics of UK population growth and the continuing under-supply of existing housing demand must require the country to build significantly more new homes. Shorter term factors such as uncertainty around planning reforms, the economic background and the outlook for employment, together with continuing issues with mortgage availability, may well combine to limit the scope and pace of this much-needed recovery in volume."

NHBC statistics for the rolling quarter April - June 2010 show that:

  • Private sector registrations were up 50 per cent (at 19,977) when compared with the same period last year (13,328)
  • Public sector registrations were 10,620 - 28 per cent higher than the same period a year ago (8,309)
  • Registrations in the combined public and private sectors were 41% up on the same period in 2009 (30,597, compared with 21,637)

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

Region

April 2010 to June 2010

April 2009 to June 2009

England - Regions

 

 

North East

1,041

605

North West

2,377

1,510

Yorkshire & the Humber

2,294

1,153

West Midlands

2,456

1,484

East Midlands

2,494

1,836

Eastern

3,483

2,572

South West

3,876

3,075

Greater London

4,101

2,030

South East

4,082

4,136

Totals for England

26,204

18,401

Scotland - Councils

2,295

1,735

Wales - Unitary Authorities

1,101

591

Northern Ireland - Counties

917

875

Isle of Man

80

35

Totals for UK

30,597

21,637

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: 23/07/10