New home registrations 20% up for August, reports NHBC

Almost 12,500 new homes were registered to be built in the UK in August according to NHBC’s latest registration statistics, an increase of 20% compared to the same month last year.

A total of 12,486 new homes (9,225 private sector; 3,261 public sector) were registered in August, compared to 10,391 (8,385 private sector; 2,006 public sector) 12 months ago.

Overall, there were 36,869 new home registrations in the rolling quarter (June 2016 – August 2016), compared to 40,123 in the same period last year, a decrease of 8%.

Commenting on the latest figures, NHBC Chief Executive Mike Quinton said:

“While overall rolling quarter numbers are down 8%, this came during an unprecedented period of uncertainty immediately after the EU Referendum. Despite this over half of the UK regions experienced growth in registrations compared to the same three month period last year.”

Several UK regions experienced a notable growth in registrations compared to 2015, including the North East (+54%), Yorkshire & Humberside (+31%) and the South West (+23%).

Country/Region

June ‘16 – August ‘16

June ‘15 – August ‘15

England – Regions    
North East

2,220

1,444

North West

3,995

3,451

Yorkshire & the Humber

2,426

1,854

West Midlands

2,697

3,612

East Midlands

2,938

3,397

Eastern

4,294

 4,648

South West

4,261

3,460

Greater London

4,134

8,267

South East

5,367

4,511

Totals for England

32,332

34,644

Scotland – Councils

2,357

3,464

Wales – Unitary Authorities

1,226

1,202

Northern Ireland – Counties

  954

  813

Totals for UK

 36,869

40,123