Strong start for year says region’s leading house builder

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The managing director of the region’s leading house builder says that the business has enjoyed a strong start to 2012.

Andrew Bowes, managing director of Persimmon Homes Yorkshire, spoke following the company’s Annual General Meeting, held this week in York.

“The spring selling season continues to outperform last year and visitors to our sites over the first 15 weeks of the year have been up to 10 per cent higher compared to 2011,” said Andrew.

“Added to these figures, our cancellation rates are running at historically low levels, which coupled with an increase of up to 20 per cent in private sales compared to the same period in 2011, means the business remains in a strong position.”

Andrew also welcomes the new National Planning Policy Framework, which was recently published. He said: “The framework now requires local authorities to plan for the needs of their areas with a presumption in favour of sustainable development.

“We believe this streamlined system should lead to greater speed in the delivery of planning permission. This can only be good news for the people in the region waiting for new homes to be built.”

Persimmon Homes is now focused on the next decade as it strives to expand the business even further.