"The number of new homes being built in London is gathering pace as huge residential developments such as those at Battersea Power Station start to emerge from the ground.
"Builders in the capital registered 26,230 new flats and houses with the National House-Building Council last year. This was a 60 per cent rise on 2012 and the highest figure since its records began in 1987.
"The increase was welcomed by Boris Johnson as:
"hugely encouraging... we are beginning to turn the tide."