NHBC shows number of new build homes in UK at highest for over a decade

Latest figures released by the National House Building Council (NHBC) for homes registered by builders responsible for building around 80% of new UK homes reveal that levels are at their highest for over 10 years.

London developments boost total UK new homes registered

The industry body attributes part of the rise in numbers to the increase in large developments across London.

As the main UK warranty and insurance provider, the NHBC requires builders to register houses with before commencing construction.

The total number of new homes registered between July and September 2018 stands at 43,578 – an increase of 15% year-on-year.  This is the highest figure since Q3 in 2007, prior to the global financial crash, when the total of new homes reached 49,520.

Private sector new homes were up by 16% at 33,520 and in the affordable sector, the total of new homes recorded was 10,058 – an increase of 12%.

Regional growth in new homes registration

London came top of the UK regions recording growth, followed by Yorkshire and the Humber up by 39%, the South West reporting growth of 34% and Scotland was up by 20%.

Official figures available indicate that the housebuilding sector delivered over 217,000 new homes across England in the financial year 2016-17, proving that the industry has fully recovered from the lows tracked during the financial crisis.

Demand for new build stands firm despite Brexit questions

NHBC’s chief executive, Steve Wood, said: “The industry remains cautious in the short-run until the economic impact of Brexit becomes clearer.  However, the upturn in registrations over recent months is good news for the industry and shows that there remains a strong demand for high-quality new homes in many parts of the UK.”

Self-certified Sophisticated Investor

Please read

I declare that I am a self-certified sophisticated investor for the purposes of the restriction on promotion of non-mainstream pooled investments. I understand that this means:

I am a self-certified sophisticated investor because at least one of the following applies:

I accept that the investments to which the promotions will relate may expose me to a significant risk of losing all of the money or other property invested. I am aware that it is open to me seek advice from someone who specialises in advising on non-mainstream pooled investments.

High Net Worth Investor

Please read

I make this statement so that I can receive promotional communications which are exempt from the restriction on promotion of non-mainstream pooled investments. The exemption relates to certified high net worth investors and I declare that I qualify as such because at least one of the following applies to me:


Sign up for first access to new developments and exclusive property investment opportunities.

We send limited and targeted emails on new launches and exclusive deals which best fit your areas. We are trusted by over 30,000 active buyers as their source for new stock.

  • New property developments
  • Professional market reports
  • Property deal alerts
  • Development updates
Manchester property investment


Receive trending news straight to your inbox and stay up to date on all of the property market trends and advice.

Established since 2005 we are a leading voice of authority and commentary on the UK property market. Our news is trusted by Apple News & Google News.

  • UK housing market
  • Mortgage & money
  • Buy-to-let landlords
  • Guides & advice

Talk to us

Speak to our UK property experts today:


+44 (0) 333 123 0320

Open from 9am-6pm GMT


+852 6699 9008

Open from 9am-6pm HKT