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News » UK » House-builders make slow start to year » published 29 Feb 2016

House-builders make slow start to year

New data from the National House Building Council (NHBC) show that new home registrations were down 9% in January 2016, year-on-year.

NHBC says that there were 10,309 new homes registered to be built in January 2016, down from 11,346 in January 2015. The 2015 figure had been a 7% year-on-year increase.

In January 2016 a total of 7,885 private sector and 2,424 public sector homes were registered compared to 8,784 private sector and 2,562 public sector homes in January 2015.

In the rolling quarter (November 2015 to January 2016) a total of 32,468 new homes were registered, compared to 35,732 in the same period 12 months ago, which also represents a 9% fall.

NHBC figures show a 10% increase, however, in the number of new home completions in the rolling quarter (November 2015 to January 2016).  Completions increased to 33,182 from 30,155 in the same period 12 months ago, reflecting the strong registration growth seen during 2015.

NHBC chief executive Mike Quinton said: “We saw continued growth in new home registrations throughout 2015. Whilst the January figures indicate a slower start to 2016, industry confidence remains high, with last year’s growth reflected in the increase in new home completions in the past three months.

“There’s no doubt that house builders are extremely active and are optimistic about future growth. With many ambitious build programs underway, it is clear the industry is committed to delivering the high quality new homes the country needs.”

 

Full regional breakdown of total new homes registered for the rolling quarter November 2015 to January 2016

Country/Region

Nov ‘15 – Jan ‘16

Nov ‘14 – Jan ‘15

England - Regions

 

 

North East

1,321

1,396

North West

2,896

2,624

Yorkshire & the Humber

1,644

2,713

West Midlands

2,824

2,904

East Midlands

2,897

2,629

Eastern

3,206

2,794

South West

3,478

3,744

Greater London

5,176

6,859

South East

5,091

5,378

Totals for England

28,533

31,041

Scotland - Councils

2,470

2,579

Wales - Unitary Authorities

968

1,411

Northern Ireland - Counties

497

701

Totals for UK

32,468

35,732

 

 

 

 

MPU

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This article was published on 29 Feb 2016 (last updated on 29 Feb 2016).

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