New home registrations second highest in a decade despite wintry start to 2018, reports NHBC

27 April 2018

New figures from NHBC have revealed that 154,698 new homes were registered to be built in the 2017/18 financial year. This represents the second highest number of registrations in a decade - a slight decrease of 2% on the record 157,805 registrations seen in FY 2016/17, with growth in six out of 12 of the UK regions.

With growth in the first three quarters of FY 2017/18, compared to the previous year, 116,451 new homes were registered in the private sector (compared to 117,987 in 2016/17) and 38,247 homes were registered in the affordable sector (compared to 39,818 in 2016/17).

Six out of the 12 UK regions experienced growth in FY 2017/18, with the most notable increases in the North West (18,272 +21%), East Midlands (14,314 +12%) and Wales (5,384 +11%).

The new figures revealed a slower start to 2018, with 36,637 new homes registered in the first three months of the year, compared to 42,405 in the same period last year, a decrease of 14%.

This fall in registrations in the first three months of 2018 can in part be attributed to the exceptionally bad weather during the start of the year, which severely affected progress on building sites across the country. There are anecdotal reports from some house builders that up to 30 days were lost on site in the first quarter of the year as a direct result of the arctic conditions.

Other contributory factors include the well-documented shortages in skills across the house-building industry, caution around Brexit and short-term market fluctuations.

Despite the challenges in the first quarter of the year, longer-term trends indicate continued growth in new home registrations, with industry confidence strong amongst UK house builders in both the private and affordable sectors.

As the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK, NHBC's registration statistics are a lead indicator of the UK’s new homes market.

Commenting on the latest new home registrations statistics, NHBC Chief Executive Steve Wood said: “New home registration figures for the last financial year have reached the second highest level in a decade, despite a challenging start to 2018, with freezing weather conditions affecting building sites up and down the country.

"Business confidence in both the private and affordable sectors remains high with clear routes to continued growth in 2018, and NHBC will continue to help support house builders to build the high quality new homes that people across the UK need."

NHBC UK statistics for Q1 2018 show that

During FY 2017/18 the number of NHBC new home registrations was 154,698 compared to 157,805 a year ago. Of these:

  • 116,451 were registered in the private sector, compared to 117,987 in the previous year.
  • 38,247 were registered in the affordable sector, compared to 39,818 in the previous year.

Full regional breakdown of total new homes registered during this period

Country/Region

FY | 2017

FY | 2018

England - Regions

 

 

North East

6,609

6,466

North West

15,162

18,272

Yorkshire & the Humber

10,326

9,331

West Midlands

13,343

14,587

East Midlands

12,753

14,314

Eastern

16,692

16,488

South West

16,692

14,122

London

19,177

14,792

South East

26,716

25,475

Totals for England

137,766

133,810

Scotland

11,828

11,891

Wales

4,848

5,384

Northern Ireland & IOM

3,363

2,613

Totals for UK

157,805

154,698

Registrations refer to the process of a builder registering a new plot/home to be built in the coming months or weeks, to be covered by NHBC's 10-year Buildmark warranty. Completions refer to when a new home is completed by the builder.

Changes can occur between figures published at different times owing to changes in policies and cancellations.

NHBC's role is to support the industry in maintaining and improving the build quality of new homes for homebuyers, whilst providing the benefit of its 10-year Buildmark warranty protection, when required.

NHBC does this through a wide range of activities, from standards setting through technical support to warranty and insurance.

NHBC is a non-profit distributing organisation with no shareholders. It invests any surplus into activities that improve new homes further, in particular through its research arm, the NHBC Foundation.

NHBC is the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK. NHBC's ten-year Buildmark warranty covers around 80 per cent of new homes built in the UK, having covered nearly eight million homes since it began and currently protecting around 1.5 million homes.