Housing starts slump in second quarter

Aaron Morby 12 years ago
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Home registrations in the UK plummeted 24% in April to June compared to the same time last year, according to latest figures from the NHBC.

For the first time this year, private housing registrations in June failed to match the previous year’s buoyant figures, causing an overall 10% fall over the second quarter, despite better April and May returns.

The sudden drop off in private starts is a blow to builders who have relied on modest growth offseting consistent monthly falls in public housing starts.

The second quarter was the most dismal yet for public housing, which tumbled 49%, compared to last year.

Richard Tamayo, NHBC Commercial Director said: “As the year progresses we must hope to see a rebound in social housing numbers as providers adapt to new methods of funding.

“Hopefully the decline in private registrations witnessed in June will, in hindsight, prove to be a statistical blip in what will otherwise be a period of sustained, if modest, private sector volume growth throughout the year.”

The number of new homes registered in June was just 8,328, 43% lower than the same month last year. Private sector homes fell 26% to 6,685, while public sector homes crashed 70% to 1,643.

    UK new home registrations (April-June)

    Region 2012 2011
    England – Regions
    North East 809 806
    North West 2,488 2,381
    Yorkshire & the Humber 1,536 1,903
    West Midlands 1,992 2,100
    East Midlands 2,202 1,941
    Eastern 2,883 4,642
    South West 2,616 3,199
    Greater London 3,297 6,831
    South East 4,335 5,833
    Totals for England 22,158 29,636
    Scotland – Councils 1,966 3,012
    Wales – Unitary Authorities 1,201 613
    Northern Ireland – Counties 473 559
    Totals for UK 25,798 33,820

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