For a number of years, house builders had been used to building around 200,000 houses a year. Whilst the credit crunch and ensuing recession affected most sectors, the housing market was particularly badly affected. Levels fell to less than 80,000 starts per year but the market, with help from government schemes and low interest rates, has shown strong signs of recovery in recent years with starts in 2014 nearing 160,000 units.

BDS monitors the market and active companies through its long-standing quarterly house builder consents report. The report provides analysis of planning consents by housebuilder for every region and county in Great Britain. It is an essential tool for senior executives and professionals in industry and government who are involved in the UK housing sector seeking to identify activity and trends.

A review of all major planned housing schemes for 500 or more units in Great Britain is now available on an annual basis. The report identifies details for every scheme providing key information for product suppliers and industry observers and determines likely areas of housebuilding activity over the next five to ten years.

In addition, BDS provides contact information for key specifiers and purchasers of materials in housebuilders and housing associations. These reports are regularly updated and provide a direct route to market for manufacturers and suppliers.