County-based housebuilder Barratt Homes has announced it will start work on seven local projects this year.
When complete, the housebuilder says these developments will deliver about 2,000 new homes and underpin around 4,000 jobs.
The new programme of projects follows an increase in sales to £47.2 million across the county and legally completing 254 homes during the six months to December 2012.
Andrew Swindell, managing director for Barratt Homes Northampton, said: “Buyer confidence is steadily improving and we’re seeing encouraging demand for our homes.
“The fact that we are starting new sites is also good news for local jobs.
“One of the key issues for anyone buying a home continues to be getting the right mortgage.
“NewBuy, the 95 per cent mortgage backed by government, is only available on new build homes, which means customers – both first-time buyers and home-movers – only need a five per cent deposit.”
Barratt Homes is planning to start work on a range of new developments in the next 12 months, including 240 homes in Brackley, 150 in Brixworth, 95 in Corby, 1,487 in Milton Keynes and 73 in Rushden.
The number of homes outlined is approximate and subject to planning.