So far this year in 2011, only 93,870 applications to build new homes have been registered; just a 6 per cent increase on the same period in 2010 (88,196).
NHBC Chief Executive Imtiaz Farookhi said: "Although headline registration volumes are marginally above last year’s for the UK, viewing the figures in absolute terms underlines the real scale of the challenge facing the whole house building industry.
"Just this month the Government announced its ambition that 230,000 homes need to be built each year by the end of 2015*. But meeting this target will require a bold approach from the coalition. Ultimately, the many pressing issues currently being debated, such as homelessness and housing costs, are rooted in the chronic undersupply of new housing in the UK.
"The Government therefore needs to not only remain strong on policy already announced but also must be prepared for further assertive action if it becomes clear that house building volumes in the UK continue to remain at perilously low levels."
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