More than 13,500 new homes were registered to be built in the UK in April, according to the latest figures from NHBC – an increase of 21% compared to a year ago.

13,527 new homes were registered (9,972 private sector; 3,555 affordable and rental sector) compared to 11,218 a year ago (7,427 private sector; 3,791 affordable and rental sector).

Seven of the 12 UK regions saw an increase, with London seeing another considerable rise in registrations – up 61% (5,475 in 2019 v 3,397 in 2018).  This is driven by growth in the numbers of larger developments and an increased appetite in the private rental sector.  In addition, the strong level of growth compared to April last year is partly due to the impact of the freezing weather in Spring 2018.

Looked at over a rolling quarter, 38,496 new homes were registered to be built compared to 36,042 in the same February – April period last year. The private sector was up 4% (27,881 in 2019 v 26,754 in 2018), with the affordable and rental sector up 14% (10,615 in 2019 v 9,288 in 2018).

NHBC is the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK and its registration statistics are a lead indicator for the new homes market.

Commenting on the new figures, NHBC Chief Executive Steve Wood said: “It is great to see another strong month for new home registrations.  To date, there is little evidence that Brexit uncertainties are denting developer confidence, whilst the continued flow of inward investment into the private rental sector is another good sign of resilience.”


Notes to Editors

  • During Feb’ 19 – April ‘19 the number of NHBC new home registrations was 38,496 compared to 36,042 a year ago.


  • 27,881 were registered in the private sector, compared to 26,754 in the previous year.


  • 10,615 were registered in the affordable and rental sector, compared to 9,288 in the previous year.


  • Full regional breakdown of total new homes registered during this period:


NHBC – UK Registrations by Region
England – Regions Feb 19 – April 19 Feb 18 – April 18
NORTH EAST 1,312 1,470
WEST MIDLANDS 3,275 2,868
EAST MIDLANDS 2,621 2,868
EASTERN 3,661 4,671
SOUTH WEST 3,570 3,025
LONDON 5,475 3,397
SOUTH EAST 6,031 5,611
TOTAL ENGLAND 33,173 30,884
SCOTLAND 3,038 2,987
WALES 1,375 1,249
TOTAL UK 38,496 36,042


  • Registrations refer to the process of a builder registering a new plot/home to be built in the coming months or weeks, to be covered by NHBC’s ten-year Buildmark warranty. Completions refer to when a new home is completed as indicated by NHBC inspectors.


  • Changes can occur between figures published at different times owing to changes in policies and cancellations.


NHBC is the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK. NHBC’s ten-year Buildmark warranty covers around 80 per cent of new homes built in the UK, having covered nearly eight million homes since it began and currently protecting around 1.5 million homes. NHBC is a non-profit distributing organisation with no shareholders.

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