The number of new homes under construction has risen to the highest level since 2008, according to latest government figures.
A total of 164,960 homes were started from January to June of this year, up 13 per cent year on year, housebuilding data collected by the Department for Communities and Local Government found.
This marked the highest level of homes under construction since the start of the economic downturn in 2008.
The latest figures also show the volume of new homes completed rose by 11 per cent in the first half of 2017 to 153,330.
In February, the government unveiled a white paper in a bid to address issues in the housing market, which included plans to speed up the planning process.
Housing and planning minister Alok Sharma said building more homes was “an absolute priority” for the government.
He said: “It’s vital we maintain this momentum to deliver more quality homes in the places that people want to live.
“Our housing white paper set out an ambitious package of long-term reforms to do just that.”
Prime minister Theresa May announced during the election campaign in May that building more council homes would be a key feature of housing policy under the Conservatives.
Ms May announced plans to strike deals with councils and housing associations across England that would spur the development of hundreds of thousands of homes for social rent.
Describing the housing market as “broken”, Mrs May said the Conservatives would not “duck the challenge” of building new social-rent homes and acknowledged that there were 300,000 fewer homes for social rent than 20 years ago.