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UK house building up 68% on 2009

UK house building rose 68% in the three months to May, compared with a year ago, figures from the National House-Building Council (NHBC) show.

Between March and May this year, 32,352 new homes were registered across the UK, from a figure of 19,286 in 2009. The three-month total gives a good indication of house building, when seasonal variations are ironed out. For May alone registrations hit 10,870 - up 56% on the same month in 2009 when just 6,953 were built.

“Despite the impact of the general election and the political uncertainty that surrounded it, NHBC’s figures show that the number of homes being built in the UK is continuing to improve at a steady rate,” NHBC chief executive Imtiaz Farookhi.

“Sustaining this level of improvement post-budget and into the summer building season however will be the next major challenge to face the industry.”

Private sector registrations benefited the most from the improved figures, posting a 89% rise to 20,877. Public sector registrations rose 40% to 11,475.

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