Private sector housing registrations for May hit their the highest level since 2008 and the start of the economic downturn, new figures from NHBC have revealed.

In May 9,617 new homes were registered in the private sector, the highest monthly figure since 10,465 were registered more than five years ago in February 2008. 4,297 were registered in the public sector during the month.

In total 36,487 new homes were registered for the period March – May 2013, compared to 27,125 for the same period last year, representing an increase of 35%.

Commenting on the latest statistics, NHBC commercial director Richard Tamayo said: “Although we have seen encouraging signs so far this year for UK housing registrations, the overall level remains below what the country requires and activity remains slower than before the economic downturn.”