11,200 new homes registered in April, reports NHBC

31 May 2018

New figures from NHBC have revealed that 11,216 new homes were registered to be built in the UK during the month of April.

7,634 new homes were registered in the private sector in April 2018 (9,350 in 2017), with 3,582 registered in the affordable sector (3,298 in 2017) – in line with the volumes seen in the first quarter of 2018. April 2017 saw a total of 12,648 new home registrations.

In the rolling quarter, between February and April 2018, 36,164 new homes were registered compared to 43,459 in 2017. During this period there were 27,073 new homes registered in the private sector, compared to 31,677 in 2017. 9,091 new homes were registered in the affordable sector, compared to 11,782 in 2017.

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 figures, NHBC Chief Executive Steve Wood said: “April’s new home registration figures are consistent with the monthly volumes already seen during 2018 and despite a challenging start to the year industry confidence is strong.

“As 2018 progresses, NHBC will continue to work with house builders to help them raise the standards of new homes, with a clear focus on delivering quality for residents and buyers.”

NHBC UK statistics for Q1 2018 show that

During Feb ’18 – April ‘18 the number of NHBC new home registrations was 36,164 compared to 43,459 a year ago.

  • 27,073 were registered in the private sector, compared to 31,677 in the previous year.
  • 9,091 were registered in the affordable sector, compared to 11,782 in the previous year.

Full regional breakdown of total new homes registered during this period

NHBC - UK Registrations by Region

 

 

England - Regions

Feb 18 - April 18

Feb 17 - April 17

North East

1,469

1,551

North West & Merseyside

4,407

3,613

Yorkshire & Humberside

2,578

2,562

West Midlands

2,886

4,096

East Midlands

2,870

3,805

Eastern

4,674

4,390

South West

3,066

4,139

London

3,461

6,871

South East

5,621

6,571

Total England

31,032

37,598

Scotland

2,988

3,734

Wales

1,255

1,311

Northern Ireland & Isle of Man

889

816

Total UK

36,164

43,459

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 ten-year Buildmark warranty. Completions refer to when a new home is completed as indicated by NHBC inspectors.

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

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. NHBC is a non-profit distributing organisation with no shareholders.