The National Housebuilding Council’s latest figures show 9,163 new homes were started in October, the highest number since July 2008.
During the three months from August to October 2009, NHBC received 24,896 applications to build new homes in the UK – an increase of 27 per cent on the same period last year.
NHBC statistics show that the vast majority of regions have improved on last month’s rolling quarter figures, and all regions have improved when compared with the same period in 2008.
Greater London saw the most new starts with 4,167 registrations during the period August to October 2009, up 24 per cent on last year.
The North-east showed the biggest percentage increase up 306 per cent with 869 starts between August and October compared with 214 in the same period last year.
NHBC chief executive Imtiaz Farookhi said: “It is encouraging that this month’s figures yet again show steady improvement in house building, supporting what many in the industry are saying – that the worst may be over.
“However, these figures are still well below the buoyant levels we saw in late 2007 and it is still very difficult to predict when and to what extent recovery will come, especially as we enter the winter period.
“The coming months will be a testing time for the industry, and it may be some time before we can confidently say that the industry is in recovery.”
The NHBC statistics for the three months to the end of October 2009 also show:
- Recovery in the private sector continues. Private sector applications were up 45 per cent across the UK to 16,630 from 11,507 for the same period last year.
- Public sector figures for the three months to the end of October were also up, at 8,266 – 3 per cent higher than the 8,041 in the same period a year ago.
- The average number of daily sales of new homes in the UK recorded by NHBC during August to October 2009 was 345 – just 8 per cent lower than the 375 in the same period a year ago.