The government has shortlisted 29 areas outside London, which are each bidding to become one of 10 new housing zones in the country.
The shortlisted zones include Preston, Sheffield-Rotherham, Stoke City, South Bristol, and Hinkley.
The £200m housing zones initiative was launched by the government to increase the delivery of new homes on brownfield sites.
Successful bids will receive a share of the funding for infrastructure and land remediation on their sites.
They will also have access to cheaper borrowing from the Public Works Loan Board - the board that lends to local authorities from the National Loans Fund - and planning and technical support.
The housing zones are expected to be big enough for between 750 and 2,000 homes.
The initiative follows mayor of London, Boris Johnson’s, £400m housing zone’s scheme, which aims to create 20 new zones in the capital.
Homes and Communities Agency chief executive Andy Rose said: “Housing zones are an opportunity to unlock redundant brownfield land with the potential to provide viable housing developments.
“So I am pleased to see the projects shortlisted under our programme, which will contribute to much-needed new homes and successful places.”
The 29 areas shortlisted to become housing zones are:
- Thurrock Thames-Side Towns (Thurrock council)
- Elstree Way Corridor (Hertsmere borough council)
- Slyfield Area Regeneration Project (Guildford borough council)
- Suffolk Rural Growth Housing Zone (Babergh and Mid-Suffolk councils)
- Greater Gainsborough Housing Zone (West Lindsey district council)
- Coseley Housing Zone (Dudley Metropolitan borough council)
- Bescot Friar Park (Sandwell Metropolitan borough council)
- Stoke City Centre Renaissance (Stoke City council)
- Derby City Housing Zone (Derby City council)
- Gedling Colliery (Gedling borough council)
- Harworth, North Nottinghamshire (Bassetlaw district council)
- Aire River Growth Corridor (Wakefield Metropolitan district council)
- North East Lincolnshire Town Centre Living (North East Lincolnshire council)
- York Central Housing Zone (City of York council)
- Hoyland and Dearne Valley Housing Zone, Barnsley (Barnsley Metropolitan district council)
- Exemplar Neighbourhood (Gateshead council)
- Sheffield – Rotherham Don Valley Housing Zone (Sheffield City council)
- Preston Housing Zone (Preston City council)
- Penine-Lancashire (Blackburn with Darwen borough council)
- Wirral Waters – North Bank East (Wirral Metropolitan borough council)
- South Bristol HZ (Bristol City council)
- Whitehill and Bordon (East Hampshire district council)
- Weston Super Mare Town Centre (North Somerset council)
- Weston Links/Avoncrest (North Somerset council)
- Ashchurch (Tewkesbury borough council)
- Hinkley Housing Zone (Sedgemoor district council)
- Former Powerstation Site, Poole (borough of Poole council)
- Foxhill (Bath and North East Somerset council)
- Gloucester City Growth Zone (Gloucester City council)