The number of new homes registered across the UK continues to outperform 2014 levels, according to the National House-Building Council (NHBC).
For the rolling quarter (February to April 2015), registrations increased by 20% compared to the same period last year (41,307 in 2015; 34,451 in 2014). This follows the strong first quarter growth reported by NHBC earlier this month.
The private sector increased by 24% during this period (31,083 in 2015; 24,993 in 2014), with the public sector also up by 8% (10,224 in 2015; 9,458 in 2014).
For April 2015, 12,459 new homes were registered (9,268 private sector; 3,191 public sector), a 4% increase on the 11,985 homes (8,955 private; 3,030 public) registered in the same month last year.
Mike Quinton, NHBC chief executive, said: “The very positive start to the year continues, with the growth in new home registrations unaffected by uncertainty ahead of the General Election, and so 2015 is likely to be another strong year.
“Now that the outcome of the General Election has been decided we look forward to continuing our work with government to ensure that housing remains at the top of the political agenda to help us get back to pre-recession building levels.”