North West housebuilder Morris Homes is to start work on 20 new developments this year worth £436m and creating 1,900 jobs.
The news follows confirmation that the Help to Buy scheme on new homes would be extended to 2020.
Morris is currently developing Rivington View in Chorley and Highwood Grange in Coppull amongst others.
More than 2,200 homes will be built at the new sites, which will all open for sale within the next 12 months.
Mike Gaskell, Morris Homes chief executive, said: “The underlying shortage of new homes in the UK, combined with strong buyer confidence and the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, has created excellent conditions for Morris Homes to embark on a bigger build programme across a broader geography.
“We’re pushing further south, into areas including Bedford and Northampton, following the relocation of our Midlands office to Rugby late last year, and have an active land buying programme which is creating development opportunities in new locations.”
Morris Homes was recently awarded the maximum five-stars for customer satisfaction in a survey.