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House building starts fall 10% in last quarter

Housing building starts in England fell for the first time in over two years in the three months to September.

The jitter in housing starts comes after many major house builders warned several months ago that demand among buyers had eased to more traditional levels after a strong Help to Buy surge.

This now appears to have translated into a fall in house building starts in the quarter to 33,000, around 3,500 fewer that the April-June period The activity level is just 1% up on the same period a year ago.

Public sector starts and registrations have been on the wane for several months as the Government funding period draws to a close. But the latest figures show both private (-8%) and public (-22%) housing sectors were down.

On the current trend house building activity looks to have peaked in the first half of the year at around 36,000 homes a quarter, well below Government targets.

Starts are now running a third below their March quarter 2007 peak.

Overall annual housing starts totalled 138,640 in the 12 months to September 2014, up by 16% compared with the year but worrying low for the build market to have peaked.

The picture for completions was brighter with the September quarter recording 31,130, up 5% on the previous quarter and 8% up on a year ago.

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