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NHBC reports private house starts nearly double

Housing starts in the three months to April 2010 rose by 74% compared with a year ago, says the National Housebuilding Council.
Some 31,038 new homes were started between February and April 2010 compared to 17,859 for the same period in 2009.

While both private and public sectors showed significant improvements, it’s in the private sector that things are really picking up, with private sector registrations up 113% on last year’s 9,627. Public figures showed a rise of 28% to 10,500.

NHBC chief executive Imtiaz Farookhi said: “Our figures show a steady improvement in the number of homes being built in the UK, indicating that the industry has consolidated and built on the improved conditions seen over the past months.

“The challenge will be to sustain this growth against the backdrop of an uncertain environment, as the new coalition settles in and sets out its strategy for meeting the country’s housing needs.”

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