The number of new homes registered for construction by British builders in 2015 rose to its highest since the financial crisis, despite a slowdown in the second half of the year, an industry group says.

The National House Building Council said 156,140 houses and apartments were registered in 2015, up 7 per cent from 2014 and a level last exceeded in 2007. House-building is a hot political topic in Britain, with property prices rising as demand for housing outstrips supply. The increase was driven by…