The government have announced that 6,000 new homes will be built on brownfield sites by 2024.
Councils have been allocated a budget of around £58 million to help clear land, demolish derelict buildings, garages as well as car parks in order to make way for new housing to help best serve local communities and help with the levelling up agenda.
The department for Levelling Up, housing and communities advised it would help deliver around 5,600 properties within the next three years.
The project will also help support around 17,000 new jobs within the housing and construction sector.
Mr Gove said: “We are levelling up and backing home ownership in every corner of the country, delivering new high-quality, affordable homes and creating thriving places where people want to live, work and visit.
“Making the most of previously developed land is a Government priority and it will help protect our cherished countryside and green spaces.”
The new focus from government remains to develop brownfield sites with the aim of building new houses to help deal with overcrowding and shortage of housing.