THE government has agreed a £68 million deal to help build homes on brownfield sites in Greater Manchester.

The announcement yesterday comes months ahead of the published rewrite of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, the first draft of which provoked outcry from thousands in the region for its intention to build on established greenbelt land.

£50 million of the sum is for a land fund to help councils prepare brownfield land for development.

£10.25 million will be going to the inner-city Collyhurst Estate for regeneration.

Up to £8 million will be to help with extra costs incurred by building, such as additional planners or hiring experts.

The money is part of a £300 million government investment which covers the West of England and Oxfordshire too.

Mr Burnham said: "I welcome this housing deal from government and the £50 million Greater Manchester’s leaders have secured that will allow us to build on more of Greater Manchester’s brownfield.

"It brings us closer to our ambitions and is a clear statement of intent."