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A bold approach is needed if we are to meet new homes targets

Figures have revealed that house building levels remain significantly below the Government's stated ambition to build over 200,000 new homes a year, according to NHBC.

In September 2011, the number of new homes registered with NHBC dropped to 8,750, 12 per cent below August registrations (9,978). So far this year in 2011, only 93,870 applications to build new homes have been registered; just a 6 per cent increase on the same period in 2010 (88,196).

NHBC Chief Executive Imtiaz Farookhi said: "Although headline registration volumes are marginally above last year's for the UK, viewing the figures in absolute terms underlines the real scale of the challenge facing the whole house building industry.

"Just this month the Government announced its ambition that 230,000 homes need to be built each year by the end of 2015*. But meeting this target will require a bold approach from the coalition. Ultimately, the many pressing issues currently being debated, such as homelessness and housing costs, are rooted in the chronic undersupply of new housing in the UK. 

"The Government therefore needs to not only remain strong on policy already announced but also must  be prepared for further assertive action if it becomes clear that house building volumes in the UK continue to remain at perilously low levels."

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*Reported in Building Magazine on 14th October 2011 - following Jake Berry MP's comments at the Housing Market Intelligence Conference held on 12th October.

Note to editors:

NHBC statistics for September 2011 show that:

In September 2011, the number of new homes registered (8,750) was 3% lower than September 2010 (9,033) and;

  • 6,484 new homes were registered in the private sector, 2% up on September 2010 (6,347)
  • During the month 2,266 new homes were registered in the public sector (compared with 2,686 in 2010 - a 16% drop)

For the rolling quarter July - September 2011 the number of registrations was 30,038, on par with the same period last year (29,625). Of these:

  • Private sector registrations were up 6% from 20,594 in July - September 2010, to 21,770 in the same period in 2011
  • Public sector registrations in July - September 2011 decreased by 8% (to 8,268) when compared with the same period a year ago (9,031)

For calendar year to date the number of new homes registered (93,870) is 6% higher than the same period in 2010 (88,196)

  • Private sector registrations are up 6% from 58,983 in 2010, to 62,470 year to date in 2011
  • Public sector registrations are up 7% from 29,213 in 2010, to 31,400 year to date in 2011

Full regional breakdown of new homes registered July to September 2011 by region/country:

Region

July 2011 to September 2011

July 2010 to September 2010

England - Regions

 

 

North East

931

1,143

North West

2,172

2,276

Yorkshire & the Humber

1,759

1,561

West Midlands

2,471

1,858

East Midlands

1,990

2,323

Eastern

3,150

2,710

South West

2,824

3,845

Greater London

6,308

4,348

South East

4,439

5,501

Totals for England

26,044

25,565

Scotland - Councils

2,169

2,010

Wales - Unitary Authorities

1,166

1,215

Northern Ireland - Counties

636

832

Isle of Man

23

3

Totals for UK

30,038

29,625

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: 28/10/11