A £330m programme to build hundreds of new, affordable homes is being prepared by Northumberland County Council.
The Labour administration is putting the final touches to a 10-year programme that aims to solve a growing housing shortage.
A housing needs assessment has identified the need for 1,910 new homes to keep pace with demand, 380 of them required in the north of the county.
Phase one will see the council work with partners such as Arch to carry out feasibility studies and secure planning. It will also see council employees trained to deliver major projects so future phased work can be carried out ‘in house’.
The first tranche of 153 new builds in the north of the county have confirmed funding and will form a first wave with building expected to start within seven months.
Leader Grant Davey said: “Our programme to build affordable houses across Northumberland is the most ambitious project undertaken by the authority and its partners for many years. We’re putting in place a 10 year plan to tackle the scandal of a growing housing waiting list.”
The scheme is funded through a mix of borrowing, government grants and agreements with developers.