Registrations for new private homes rose 17 per cent in the three months to the end of May when compared to the same period of 2014, according to the National House Building Council.
It says private registrations totalled 33,046 during the three month period, continuing the general trend of registrations outperforming the levels of last year.
There was a rise in public sector registrations too, up 9.0 per cent during the quarter to 10,941.
In total, 43,987 new homes were registered over the period, up 15% on last year.
The largest proportion of the quarterly rise came in May, with 11,162 private sector homes registered - up from May 2014’s 10,198 - and 3,230 public sector homes against last year’s 2,996.