THE Government has approved a funding bid to build thousands of new homes in Ellesmere Port and West Cheshire.
Last November, the borough council, its counterparts in Chester and Vale Royal, and the county council made a Housing Growth Point Bid for the region.
This is part of the Government’s agenda to significantly increase the UK’s new homes by 2016.
West Cheshire’s bid suggested that up to 1,600 new houses per year could be built in the region over the next 15 years.
This is 2,700 more than previously planned, with up to 40% of them affordable housing.
The four councils will now receive £150,000 of immediate funding for planning.
Borough council leader Justin Madders said: “I am delighted the opportunities for growth and regeneration in this area have been recognised.”
Mike Jones, leader of the new Cheshire West & Chester Council shadow authority, said:“I am delighted it has been successful and the new authority will ensure that maximum benefit comes to our communities where affordable housing is an essential aspect of developing our economies and jobs.”