The Government’s latest house building data shows that 153,370 new homes were started to be built in the year to December, up 5% on the previous year.
More than 140,500 homes were completed in the year to December 2016.
Meanwhile, figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show first-time buyer lending totalled 338,900 loans in 2016, up 8% on last year.
Housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell said: "We’ve got the country building again with the highest number of housing starts for nine years. However, we know there’s more to be done to build more homes in the places that people want to live.
"Our housing white paper sets out an ambitious set of proposals to deliver more land, speed up build out, diversify the housing market, and support people who need help now."
The figures also show strong growth across the country with Islington and Manchester experiencing high levels of starts in the year to December 2016, with an annual increase of 296% and 323% respectively.
Yesterday Barratt Developments H2 results from 2016 revealed that completions were down 5.8%, from 7,626 in the second half of 2015 to 7,180 in the second half of 2016. However the company said its completions outside of London were at their highest level in nine years.
The House building: December quarter 2016 England statistics record the number of new build homes completed and started during the quarter October to December. It uses data sourced from building control officers at local authorities, the National House Building Council and independent inspectors.