The government has awarded Tees Valley in the North East of England close to £2m of funding to prepare sites for new home developments.
The £1.9m grant has been issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government under its growth point initiative, was launched by the Labour government to help communities seeking to build large housebuilding programmes.
The money will be used by Tees Valley Unlimited to start preliminary work on ten sites identified for new build homes. The says that initial works will include feasibility studies and design work.
The new build home development sites are located in Middlesbrough, Darlington, Hartlepool, and Thornaby.
Les Southerton, interim managing director of Tees Valley Unlimited, commented: "[The government grant] will enable us to carry out vital works which will ultimately lead to future housing development. It's particularly encouraging at a time when financial support is so hard to come by."