The number of homes being built at the start of 2017 in Britain is the highest in a decade, according to an industry body.

Some 42,470 new homes were registered in the first quarter of 2017, the strongest quarter since the third quarter of 2007, and a 17 per cent increase on the same period in 2016, according to the National House Building Council (NHBC). Within the figure, there were 31,197 private sector registrations,…