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House builders blame red tape for 12% drop in Wales during 2013

Red tape has been blamed for Wales being the only part of the UK to see a drop in new houses registered.

The overall UK figure increased by 28% to 133,670 in 2013, but Wales saw a 12% fall from 4,065 in 2012 to 3,577.

House builders have blamed over-regulation in Wales, a poor planning system and the delayed implementation of the Help to Buy scheme for borrowers.

The Welsh government said its policies were supporting increases in the construction sector and creating jobs.

BBC Wales business correspondent Brian Meechan reports.

Home building drop 'due to red tape'

  • 19 Feb 2014
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