The number of new homes registered to be built in London was higher in 2017, the first year-on-year growth since 2014, according to data from NHBC.

New homes registered in London was 17,850 units in 2017 compared to 17,587 the previous year (2016), the first increase year-on-year in the capital since 2014. This is attributed to increased demand for houses in London and developers’ interest in improving their stock.

As the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK, NHBC's registration statistics are a lead indicator of the UK’s new homes market.

In the UK, the total number of new home registrations increased by 6 per cent (160,606 new homes) over 2018. “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,” NHBC said in its latest announcement.

New home completions increased by 4 per cent from 141,685 in 2016 to 147,278 last year.

The private sector grew by 3 per cent in 2017 with 118,825 new homes registered, with the affordable sector increasing by 14 per cent to 41,781 – the highest yearly total for the sector since NHBC electronic records began 30 years ago.