More than 160,000 new homes were registered to be built in the UK last year, an increase of 6% on 2016, according to new statistics.
Some 160,606 homes were registered throughout the course of 2017, up from the 152,017 the previous year and the highest since the pre-recession levels of a decade ago, the data from the National House Building Council (NHBC) shows.
The private sector grew by 3% with 118,825 new homes registered, with the affordable sector increasing by 14% to 41,781, the highest yearly total for the sector since NHBC electronic records began 30 years ago.
New home completions also increased by 4% from 141,685 in 2016 to 147,278 last year, the data also shows. The figures are regarded as a leading indicator of the new homes market.
A breakdown of the figure shows that nine out of 12 regions experienced an increase in registrations with the East Midlands and Wales both up19% and the North West up 12%.
Figures for London showed the rate of new homes being registered was slightly up on 2016, with 17,850 units compared to 17,587 the previous year, the first increase year on year in the capital since 2014.
‘Our figures show the market has delivered strong growth resulting in the highest new home figures for a decade and growth across the majority of the UK, including London for the first time since 2014,’ said NHBC chief executive Steve Wood.
‘Looking ahead, NHBC will continue to work with the industry to help raise the standards of new homes. With 6% growth in the quantity of new home registrations, the focus on delivering quality for consumers remains critical,’ he added.