New housing registrations in UK increase 19% in July
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New housing registrations in UK increase 19% in July

01 Sep 2013

Housebuilding levels in the UK increased 19% in July 2013 with 13,539 new housing registrations, compared to 11,391 registrations recorded during the same period in 2012, according to a report by the National House Building Council (NHBC).

Housebuilding levels in the UK increased 19% in July 2013 with 13,539 new housing registrations, compared to 11,391 registrations recorded during the same period in 2012, according to a report by the National House Building Council (NHBC).

For the quarter between May to July 2013, the number of registrations rose by 30% with 37,738 registrations, compared to 28,951 for the same period last year.

The growth was driven by public sector housing registrations, which increased 45% with 10,710 from May to July 2013 while private housing rose 25% with 27,028.

"The growth was driven by public sector housing registrations, which increased 45% with 10,710 from May to July 2013."

NHBC said the private sector saw the highest number of registrations for more than five years, with 10,300 new homes registered in July, which is the highest since February 2008 when 10,465 homes were registered.

NHBC commercial director Richard Tamayo said July was a better month for new home registrations, particularly for the private sector.

"As we have emphasised over the course of the year, this recovery is from a relatively low base but nevertheless reveals that builders are beginning to meet the growing demand to provide the new homes that the country desperately needs," Tamayo said.

"Looking ahead we hope that the rest of the year continues this long overdue recovery story."

NHBC recently said it is introducing free new land quality and geotechnical services for its registered builders to help them assess land before they buy or develop it.