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Crest Nicholson set for 15% uplift in completions

Crest Nicholson is set to raise completions for the year by 15% despite a moderate slowing in sales in recent months.

In a trading statement ahead of its October financial year close, the firm said total forward sales remained strong at £348m, up 11% on last year.

Stephen Stone, chief executive said:"Strong purchaser demand for new homes continues to underpin a buoyant housing market.

“While there has been a slight moderation of sales rates in the last few months, rates of sale remain significantly above historic norms.

“Production capacity, clearance of planning conditions and skills availability remain the critical constraints on volume delivery,” warned Stone.

He added: “Land supply remains plentiful, with plots being drawn from both short-term and strategic land pipelines and providing good forward visibility for our business forecasts. Sales price inflation continues to offset pressures from cost increases in the supply chain.”

Crest said in the year to date, 17 new sites and 1,779 plots have been acquired, along with a further five sites and 885 plots which have been converted from the strategic land bank over the same period.

All land required to meet 2015 forecasts has been secured with planning in place and land for 2016 unit delivery is also wholly secured, mostly with planning.

Sites in Marlow, Cambridge and Cheltenham have been acquired as well as projects in Putney and Borough in London.

Stone added that the new Chiltern division, based in St. Alban's, Hertfordshire, would open for business in November.

All key divisional board appointments have now been made, with the majority of candidates identified internally, providing further opportunities for advancement to our employees.

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