It says here that house applications are up 4%.

Housebuilding is recovering says NHBC

Published:  13 November, 2009

AMERSHAM: Latest housebuilding statistics from National House-Building Council reveal further indications of recovery throughout the UK.

During the three months from July to September 2009, NHBC received 24 136 applications to build new homes in the UK – an increase of 4% on the same period last year.

Some regions demonstrated particularly solid improvement in July to September 2009, compared with the same period last year, including both the North East (49%) and North West (37%). All four counties of the UK displayed signs of recovery.

Imtiaz Farookhi, NHBC chief executive, said: "It is reassuring that NHBC's figures show consistent improvement and that these positive signs extend across the UK. The sector has weathered the traditionally slow summer period, but we must now see out the autumn and hope that this confidence extends to the end of the year."

NHBC statistics for the three months to the end of September 2009 also show:

Recovery in the private sector continues. Private sector applications were up 17% across the UK to 15 577 from 13 358 for the same period last year.

Public sector figures for the three months to the end of September totalled only 8559 – 13% lower than the same period a year ago (9827).

The average number of daily sales of new homes in the UK recorded by NHBC during July to September 2009 was 365 – 15% lower than the same period a year ago (429), but 7% higher than the number of sales recorded during the last rolling quarter (342).

NHBC publishes a quarterly booklet of its new housebuilding statistics. To subscribe visit the website.

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