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Registrations in home building industry remain steady as housebuilders reflect cautious approach to planning policy

Latest figures from NHBC, reveal that housebuilders registered 29% more new homes in May compared with April. Remaining consistent with those reported in May 2010 (10,870), 10,841 new homes were registered during May 2011, up from 8,414 in April.

 Imtiaz Farookhi, chief executive of NHBC, said:

"May's registration figures remain steady with those seen in 2010 and are somewhat higher than registrations reported at the beginning of the year. During recent weeks, feedback from housebuilders has revealed that uncertainty over proposed planning policies continues to make forecasts for the rest of the year difficult.  However, a shred of optimism is seeping back in the industry, in part due to the Government's announcement of public land becoming more readily available for housing development.

"During the rolling quarter from March to May 2011, new homes registered totalled 32,562 compared with 32,352 in the same period last year. NHBC statistics for the period show that:

  • Private sector registrations were down 2% (to 20,559) when compared with the same period a year ago (20,877) 
  • Public sector registrations were up 5%, from 11,475 a year ago to 12,003 this quarter

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Note to editors:

Full regional breakdown of new homes registered March to May 2011 by region / country:

Region

March 2011 to May 2011

March 2010 to May 2010

England - Regions

 

 

North East

750

1,229

North West

2,340

2,539

Yorkshire & the Humber

1,755

2,577

West Midlands

1,879

2,876

East Midlands

2,094

2,675

Eastern

3,788

3,418

South West

2,738

4,162

Greater London

9,164

4,208

South East

4,651

4,292

Totals for England

29,159

27,976

Scotland - Councils

2,167

2,299

Wales - Unitary Authorities

750

1,097

Northern Ireland - Counties

480

887

Isle of Man

6

93

Totals for UK

32,562

32,352

Media contact at NHBC:

Nadia Bedra or Tom Howard
nbedra@nhbc.co.uk, 01908 746 734
thoward@nhbc.co.uk, 01908 746 735

News Date: 27/05/11