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NHBC new home registrations dip in 2016

3 Feb 17 The number of new homes registered in the UK by the National House Building Council (NHBC) in 2016 fell by 2% compared to 2015 because of a slowdown in the capital.

The NHBC registered 151,687 new homes in 2016, compared to 155,504 in 2015.

The decline is explained by the slowdown in Greater London, where new home registrations fell by 33% from 25,760 in 2015 to 17,322 in 2016. Excluding London, overall UK registrations were up 4% on 2015.

Seven out of the 12 regions experienced an increase in registrations over 2015, most notably Yorkshire & Humberside (+27%), Southeast (+14%) and Northwest (+12%).

There were 115,689 new homes registered in the private sector, compared to 117,506 in 2015 with 35,998 registered in the affordable sector, compared to 37,998 the previous year.

The number of new homes completed during 2016 (141,175) was also marginally up 1% on 2015’s total (140,407).

In terms of house types, 2016 saw the highest number of detached homes registered in the UK since 2004, with a total of 46,118 being registered and the highest number of semi-detached since records began 30 years ago (38,999).

NHBC business development director Mark Jones said: “Taking into account the extraordinary events of 2016, the UK house-building sector has remained resilient, despite initial caution around Brexit. We have also seen some strong regional growth outside of London. Both industry and consumer confidence remains high and early signs indicate that the new year has begun positively.”

Country/Region

2016

2015

England - Regions

North East

6,173

5,816

North West

15,186

13,551

Yorkshire & the Humber

9,669

7,630

West Midlands

13,202

13,500

East Midlands

12,209

13,220

Eastern

15,915

16,832

South West

16,370

15,720

Greater London

17,322

25,760

South East

26,147

22,902

Totals for England

132,193

134,931

Scotland - Councils

11,531

12,716

Wales - Unitary Authorities

4,683

4,632

Northern Ireland - Counties

3,280

3,225

Totals for UK

151,687

155,504

 

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