There were 156,140 new homes registered to be built in 2015, an increase of 7% on the previous year, new figures reveal.
The National House Building Council (NHBC), which is a leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK, has reported that 2015’s figures represent an eight year high in the number of new homes being registered, equating to 75% more new homes registered in 2015 than in 2009.
In total, 156,140 new homes were recorded by the NHBC in 2015, compared to 146,359 in 2014.
Private sector registrations were up by 7% (118,611 in 2015; 110,674 in 2014), while public sector registrations saw an increase of 5% (37,529 in 2015; 35,685 in 2014).
The number of detached homes registered over the last 12 months is now at a 10 year high (42,173) and the number of semi-detached homes registered in 2015 hit 35,423, the highest figure in over 20 years (36,757 in 1994).
There was significant growth on 2014 levels throughout the UK, with the Eastern region (+23%) leading the way, followed by North West (+16%) and Scotland (+15%).
The East Midlands (+12%), South West (+9%) and West Midlands (+9%) also saw positive growth, as did Northern Ireland (+30%) although this was from a relatively low base.
London, however, topped the figures for new home registrations.
While the 2015 total of 25,994 was down 9% on 2014’s figure (28,518), 2015 still came in third for the highest number of registrations on record to date.
Yorkshire & the Humber was down 13% on 2014 and Wales was down 2% on 2014.
Mike Quinton, chief executive, NHBC said:
"We are pleased to report that 2015 was a year for continued housing growth in the UK. Both the public and private sectors have performed well and we have seen encouraging levels of house-building across most regions of the country.
"The detached home continues its resurgence, with our figures showing that house builders are building the highest number of detached properties for over a decade, with semi-detached homes also at their highest level in more than 20 years.
"There is still a way to go before we are building the levels of new homes that were seen before the economic downturn, but 2015 represents consolidation on the growth seen over the last three years.”