Further evidence of a recovery taking place comes from the latest quarterly RICS Construction Market Survey, which saw increases in construction activity in London, the South East, the Midlands and the North of England, in some of these areas, such as Yorkshire and Humberside, this is the first increase in activity since 2007.

A spokesman for the RICS said: “While still historically low, the increase in built developments suggests that some of the Government initiatives are quietly beginning to breathe life back into parts of the region’s property sector.”

Simon Rubinsohn, RICS chief economist, said: “Although it’s far too early to start talking about a recovery in the construction sector, the rise in output at the beginning of the year is a little better news.”

Mike Dove, of Leeds-based commercial agents Dove Haigh Phillips, told the Yorkshire Post that demand for industrial land in Yorkshire from manufacturers has never been higher.

Satisfying this pent-up demand and unlocking the land for development was the key to economic recovery, he said.

Mr Dove said yesterday: “This isn’t just idle talk. These manufacturers have instructed their engineers and architects to draw up detailed designs and their lawyers are already preparing draft documentation.

“They are raring to go. At the same time, the more forward-looking local councils in Yorkshire, emboldened by the Government’s relaxing of the planning laws, are pro-actively identifying sites for inward investment.

“All this adds up to a very bright future for the Yorkshire economy, provided the right land becomes available,” said Mr Dove.

Only Scotland and Northern Ireland have seen further falls in construction workload this quarter. Northern Ireland, in particular, recorded the most severe fall in workload and manu firms are turning to other markets outside the province for work.

In 2012 total GB construction output declined by 9%, despite some housebuilders experiencing growth. Commenting ahead of it's AGM today, Taylor Wimpey boss Pete Redfern said: "We have made a strong start to 2013. Against a background of positive sentiment towards the housing market, we have seen an increase in visitor levels and reservations, driven by improved customer confidence and helped in recent weeks by the Government's Budget announcements. This, together with the quality of our locations and the inherent value in our landbank, is enabling us to drive improvement across all of our key performance measures."