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publication date: Nov 22, 2011
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author/source: Kate Faulkner, Property Expert and Author of Which? Property Books
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With the government just setting out its latest housing strategy, NHBC's figures on new builds show the number of homes registered in the public sector was just 1,887 in October this year, 17 per cent lower than September (2,266). Compared with October 2010 (3,181), there has been a 41 per cent drop. Although year to date figures are up, the latest October figures suggest that although the new coalition government are trying to build more homes, to date, their policy of scrapping housing targets and shaving £4 billion off the house building budget the reverse has happened.

NHBC Head of Affordable Housing, Mehban Chowdery, said: "The total number of new home registrations this year is holding up compared with last year, but there has been a noticeable decline in the public sector in recent months compared to early summer."

According to NHBC, for calendar year to date the number of new homes registered (101,651) is 3% higher than the same period in 2010 (98,224) which is driven mostly by Private sector registrations. These were up 4% from 65,830 in 2010, to 68,364 year to date in 2011 while public registrations were up by 3%.

However this hides poor figures for the rolling quarter August - October 2011 where the number of registrations was down by 9% on the same period as last year. Of these, private sector builds were down by 1% but public sector were down by 25%!

NHBC show a full regional breakdown of new homes registered August to October 2011 by region/country: 

Region

August 2011 to October 2011

August 2010 to October 2010

England - Regions

 

  

North East

790

1,278

North West

1,867

2,290

Yorkshire & the Humber

1,767

1,739

West Midlands

2,367

2,097

East Midlands

1,878

2,155

Eastern

3,156

2,366

South West

2,884

3,015

Greater London

4,246

4,411

South East

3,587

5,627

Totals for England

22,542

24,978

Scotland - Councils

2,250

2,198

Wales - Unitary Authorities

1,042

989

Northern Ireland - Counties

649

846

Isle of Man

26

4

Totals for UK

26,509

29,015



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