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New home registrations static in 2018: NHBC

The number of new homes registered in 2018 was in line with 2017, according to the National House Building Council.

Developers registered 159,617 homes to be built last year, a 0.5 per cent decline from 2017, when 160,396 were recorded.

The data shows the private sector was down 1 per cent, having registered 117,497 homes in 2018 and 118,372 in 2017.

Meanwhile, the affordable sector remained almost level, seeing 42,120 homes registered in 2018 and 42,024 in 2017.

New home completions grew last year, rising from 147,552 in 2017 to 149,480 in 2018, a 1 per cent increase.

Between 2016 and 2017 there was a solid rise in home registrations, increasing from 151,876 in 2016 to 160,396 in 2017, with this figure stagnating from 2017 to 2018.

Regionally, Northern Ireland saw the greatest rise in houses registered from 2017 to 2018, at 39 per cent.

This is significantly higher than on the mainland, where Yorkshire and Humber posted the largest increase at 20 per cent.

In contrast, London has recorded a 10 per cent decline over the same time period.

Despite the figures posted from 2018 being in line with 2017 and rising against the year prior, the government has made it clear that it wants to see 300,000 new homes built a year.

James Brokenshire MP announced last month that £497m will be made available to the housing association across the country to deliver more affordable housing.

In the same speech, he detailed plans to build modular homes off-site and have them winched onto London rooftops in a deal with Apex Airspace Developments.

The Times reports that at the launch of the NHBC’s review for 2018, where the new homes registration figures were revealed, chief executive Steve Wood said that “unless modern methods of construction are taken up to a greater degree it will be very difficult to hit the 300,000.”

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