Builder reports site visits rise

Healthy order book for Persimmon.

Healthy order book for Persimmon.

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Housebuilder Persimmon ​has seen a 12% rise in people visiting its sites and said cancellation levels are at record lows as consumer confidence picks up.

Chairman Nicholas Wrigley said consumer confidence is being supported by the progress made by the UK economy.

He said: “The group remains focused on delivering family housing across the UK, excluding central London, to meet the continued demand for new homes at affordable prices.

“The number of customers visiting our development sites across the UK in the period was around 12% ahead of last year. Mortgage lenders remain keen to offer customers the opportunity to access mortgage credit on very attractive terms. Cancellation rates have continued to run at historically low levels.”

He added that the York-based firm brought forward a healthy order book into 2016.