Recent increases in housing starts and completions in England are slowing, according to figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government.
In the quarter to September, housing starts were down 9% and completions were down 1% compared with the equivalent period in 2005.
But the survey also reveals there were regional variations and the longer term trends showing housing starts and completions in the 12 months to September were 25% higher than in 2001.
In the East Midlands housing starts in the quarter to September 2006 rose by 3% and in the South East they rose by 4%.
Completions were up in Yorkshire and the Humber (11%), West Midlands (1%), East of England (3%), London (20%) and the South West (9%).
In the 12 months to September 2006 housing starts rose by 2% compared with the same period in 2005, while completions rose by 6%.
The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) suggests the current stagnation in housebuilding levels could be a pause in a rising trend which has delivered a 27% increase from the record low in quarter two 2001.
It says current housebuilding levels are well below the 209,000 needed to match the projected annual increase in households up to 2026 and are even further away from the 250,000 houses the Barker Review estimated are required per annum to bring house price inflation in line with the EU average.
In a separate report, RICS says house prices rose at their fastest pace in over four years in October and enquiries rebounded as confidence returned following the August interest rate hike.
The research reveals 48.1% more chartered surveyors reported a rise than a fall in October, up from 45.7% in September and more than double the long run average of 21%.
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