The number of private housing registrations recorded in the UK over the course of July were the best reported in over a year.
According to figures produced by the National House-building Council (NHBC) a total of 8,105 were witnessed last month, reflecting a slight improvement in market conditions.
The number of private registrations remains down ten per cent for the rolling quarter from May to July 2012, when compared with numbers for the same period last year.
Meanwhile, public sector housing registrations also remained downbeat, with a 42 per cent drop reported for the month.
This decline pushed the total registered starts down 21 per cent over the May to July compared with figures for last year.
Commenting on the figures NHBC commercial director Richard Tamayo said: “July’s registration figures showed that the sector bounced back from a poor June.
"The sector continues to show a consistent pattern of decline compared to the same period in 2011."
Mr Tamayo noted that plans to relax the rules that require private housebuilders to include social housing in large projects could have a positive effect on the market, with the changes set to come into place next month