Planners have given the thumbs up to a scheme in Leicester to build 3,000 new homes.
Leicester City Council granted outline permission to the 130ha scheme at Ashton Green on the north west edge of the city.
The new homes will add to the site’s existing properties - some of which were built around 15 years ago.
Up to 900 of the homes will be either up for rent or able to purchase at low cost.
There will also be offices, warehouses, shops, schools and health facilities.
Outline approval was granted after consultations were held with people living in the area and other bodies.
The council’s cabinet lead for regeneration and transport councillor Abdul Osman said: “The approval of this scheme paves the way for the development of much-needed family and affordable homes in the city, and also the creation of new job opportunities both on the new employment site and also during the construction of the new homes.”
It is hoped the scheme will get under way by 2013, with the council now looking for developers to partner it.