Bury Council have unveiled their plans to develop brownfield sites and regenerate the borough.

The council is coordinating a brownfield housing delivery programme to meet accommodation needs in the area.

Nearly 100 acres of land have been identified as suitable for development, which could make space for thousands of homes.

A cabinet meeting on October 13 will consider plans for the first phase of the programme which include 500 homes in Prestwich, Whitefield and Radcliffe.

Cllr Eamonn O'Brien, leader of the council, said: "Young people, older people, families - everyone needs housing, and the type of housing that is most suitable for their needs and budget.

"As one of the largest landowners in the district, we have a golden opportunity to bring to Bury a range of affordable and 'open market' homes that matches these demands.

"What's more, the sites e have identified are all on land that has previously been developed - clear evidence of our 'brownfield first' policy.

"In fact, since 2010, some 89% of dwelling completions in bury have been on brownfield land."

Sites the council are considering are:

Former Whitefield day centre, to be developed by Onward Homes to provide 30 affordable homes.

Prestwich town centre, through the formation of a Joint Venture with Muse Developments to bring about 240 homes.

School Street in Radcliffe to be developed by Watson Homes to deliver 133 new apartments.

Former East Lancashire Paper Mill, working with Homes England to create an initial 25 affordable homes, followed by a further 400 homes currently being tendered.

Cllr Clare Cummins, cabinet member for housing services, said: "Our recently published housing strategy shows that we need a sustained supply of good quality homes, which are appropriate to all sections of the community.

"Young single people want different accommodation than large families who need more room or older people looking to downsize or move into bungalows.

"We also need a variety of house types - homes for sale, homes to rent, and affordable and shared ownership schemes so that everyone can access the housing they need."

Other initiatives run by Bury Council include:

Disposal of New Summerseat House in Ramsbottom for residential development.

Approval to dispose of the Humphrey House office block in Bury town centre.

Several sites in the council's land disposal programme.

Plans to develop housing across Bury town centre.