HOUSEBUILDERS registered 29% more new homes in May compared with April, according to latest figures.
But there was a slump in the number of registrations in Yorkshire.
The National House Building Council reported 10,841 registrations across the UK last month. That compares with 10,870 in the same month last year and 8,414 for April.
However, quarterly figures showed that much of the improvement was restricted to Greater London and the South East.
There were 9,164 registrations in Greater London between March and May compared with 4,208 for the same three months last year.
Yorkshire registrations were well down during the quarter – to 1,755 from 2,577 last time – in keeping with most other regions in the UK. Nationally, new home registrations totalled 32,562 in the quarter against 32,352 for the same time last year.
NHBC chief executive Imtiaz Farookhi said: “May’s registration figures remain steady with those seen in 2010 and are somewhat higher than registrations reported at the beginning of the year.
“During recent weeks, feedback from housebuilders has revealed that uncertainty over proposed planning policies continues to make forecasts for the rest of the year difficult. However, a shred of optimism is seeping back in the industry, in part due to the Government’s announcement of public land becoming more readily available for housing development”.