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'Sharp fall' in housing association housebuilding activity - NHBC

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing

'Sharp fall' in housing association housebuilding activity - NHBC 'Sharp fall' in housing association housebuilding activity - NHBC

Housebuilding activity amongst housing associations and local authorities has fallen sharply, according to figures published today by NHBC.

The number of new homes registered by public-funded organisations fell by 11% compared to the same period last year from 10,474 in the second quarter of 2013 to 9,331 in 2014. NHBC said the drop coincided with the end of the first phase of the government's Affordable Homes Programme.

Earlier this week, Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis launched a £3 million fund to try and get work started on up to 85 new housing sites where development has been agreed.

The funding will be available to councils across the country to tackle planning issues that have prevented builders getting on site. Each council that successfully bids is expected to receive around £50,000 from the fund.

Overall, the housebuilding picture is looking healthier as the private sector continues to step up activity. The number of new homes registered across both the private and public sectors in the UK for Q2 2014 totalled 36,858 - a 3% increase on the same period last year (35,683).

The figures reveal that this steady growth was entirely driven by the private sector – which grew by 9%.

Figures for June show a 14% increase in registrations, compared to the same month last year (11,726 versus 10,285 in 2013).

Across the UK for the last quarter, the South East experienced a 48% increase compared to 2013 with the East Midlands also up by 38%.

Commenting on the latest statistics, NHBC’s Chief Executive Mike Quinton said: “It is encouraging to see that house building levels have continued to grow in 2014 – following the substantial increase in volumes recorded last year. We hope to see this growth further consolidated throughout the rest of the year.

“However, we have been clear that the UK still has an undersupply of new homes so we must continue to work hard to meet the growing housing needs of the population.”

Commenting on the private sector growth, Mr Quinton added: “Our figures also show that there has been a noticeable growth in the private sector. As expected, this has coincided with a drop in affordable housing registrations.

“This decrease in public sector registrations can be attributed, in part, to the first phase of the government’s affordable housing programme coming to an end.

"We anticipate that the public sector will pick up again as funding is fully allocated for the next phase from 2015 to 2018.”

Region

April –June

2014

April –June 2013

 
 
 

England - Regions

 

 

 

North East

1,362

1,674

 

North West

1,861

2,324

 

Merseyside

412

423

 

Yorkshire & the Humber

2,119

1,636

 

West Midlands

2,562

2,848

 

East Midlands

3,708

2,693

 

Eastern

3,640

3,888

 

South West

3,729

3,911

 

Greater London

7,351

7,824

 

South East

6,434

4,355

 

Totals for England

33,178

31,576

 

Scotland - Councils

2,290

2,611

 

Wales - Unitary Authorities

848

848

 

Northern Ireland - Counties

539

623

 

Isle of Man

3

25

 

Totals for UK

36,858

35,683

 

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