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28/01/2016

House building grew in 2015 – NHBC

Words: Laura Edgar

The number of homes registered to be built in the UK in 2015 topped 156,000, according to figures released by the National House Building Council (NHBC).

The 7 per cent year-on-year increase saw a total of 156,140 homes registered, compared with 146,359 registered in 2014.

Private sector registrations increased by 7 per cent to 118,611 in 2015 from 110,674 in 2014.

Some 42,173 detached homes were registered in 2015, which, says the NHBC, is the highest for over a decade. And 35,423 semi-detached homes were registered last year.

According to the data, most UK regions experienced growth compared with 2014 - 23 per cent in the east, 16 per cent in the north-west, and 15 per cent in Scotland. Although London led the way with 25,994 homes registered in 2015, the number was down by 9 per cent on 2014.

NHBC chief executive Mike Quinton said: "The detached home continues its resurgence, with our figures showing that house builders are building the highest number of detached properties for over a decade, with semi-detached homes also at their highest level in more than 20 years.

"There is still a way to go before we are building the levels of new homes that were seen before the economic downturn, but 2015 represents consolidation on the growth seen over the last three years.”

Dominic Veasey, associate director at Nexus Planning, said the rise shown by the figures is welcome, but it should not be forgotten that the government's household projections indicate an annual need of about 250,000 new homes a year.

With 135,476 homes registered in England and the Housing and Planning Bill being “rushed” through Parliament, alongside a “seemingly continual wave” of other housing delivery planning reform announcements, “the government appears to recognise there is still a very long way to go indeed”, he said.

“The clock is certainly ticking very loudly within Whitehall for the government to deliver on its ambitious housing commitments by the end of this Parliamentary term in 2020.

“The next few years will be interesting to see if annual housing delivery in England can get anyway near the level needed - a level of delivery that has not been seen since the late 1970s, which signalled the end of government-led social housing alongside market-led housing construction,” added Veasey.

The figures can be found on the NHBC website, here (pdf).

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