The number of new homes being registered to be built across Yorkshire has fallen – bucking the national trend.
There were 1,821 new home registrations in the region during the three months to July, according to figures from the National Housebuilding Council. That compares with 2,470 for the same period last year.
Nationally, there were 43,684 new home registrations during the three months to July – 14% higher than the figure of 38,365 for the same period last year.
A breakdown of the latest UK figures shows 32,521 properties registered were in the private sector and 11,163 in the public sector. That compares with 28,804 private sector and 9,561 public sector registrations last time.
The number of properties built in the public sector rose by 17% during this time, when compared to the same period last year. The NHBC said the increase – following a strong rise in the first three months of 2015 – was the result of an extension of the government’s Affordable Homes Programme.
In July alone, registrations rose by 12%, with 14,876 new homes registered – 11,270 private and 3,606 public – compared to 13,320 in the same month last year when there were 10,389 private and 2,931 public.
NHBC chief executive Mike Quinton said: “Following the strong growth we reported in our quarterly statistics, it is pleasing to see this progress continue into the second half of 2015.
“However, as we have continually stressed since housing output began to increase two years ago, the UK is still building way below the volumes of homes that we desperately need.”