Planning permission for hundreds of new homes across the North East has been secured by Hedley Planning Services.

The move, which will also create new hundreds of new jobs, will see more entry-level family homes aimed at first time buyers coming to the market, built by Avant Homes at sites across the North East.

In total, the house builder expects planning consent will help to deliver almost 500 homes and bring 350 new jobs to the region.

A good deal of these properties will allow prospective first-time buyers and young families to have access to a more readily available supply of quality and affordable entry level housing across the region.

Around 30% of the properties will be built as part of Avant’s ‘Bridge’ range, designed to bridge the gap in the housing market for more attainable homes. These will sit alongside Avant’s Original range properties to offer a broader collection in terms of size, design and price.

The properties are being hailed as part of an exciting initiative that will be a welcome boost to the regeneration of local sites, helping to meet the strong demand for quality homes.

The news is the culmination of negotiations between local council planning officers and Hedley’s team of experts, led by associate Joe Ridgeon.

He said: “As planners, we want to see the creation of exciting and rewarding housing schemes that leave a long-lasting legacy. Working closely with planning authorities and the developers has been invaluable in securing this ambition.”

Scott Varley, managing director for Avant Homes in the North East, said: “Our continued upwards trajectory and a strong land pipeline puts us in an excellent position to achieve our ambitious growth plans for the North East business, while delivering jobs and investment.”