Building work is under way on a large new housing development on a former eyesore Hartlepool site.
Persimmon Homes has started work on the former Steetley site, off Cemetery Road, where it intends to build 373 new homes.
The Steetley Point development is due to launch next month to potential new buyers.
Hartlepool Borough Council has welcomed the work, which it says will complement its regeneration plans for the Headland and wider Hartlepool Vision project.
Persimmon recently completed a deal to buy two plots of land on the former Britmag works site from owners Starford Holdings.
Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, vice-chairman of Hartlepool council’s Regeneration Services Committee, said: “This is excellent news for Hartlepool and will completely transform this large, disused area into an attractive coastal location featuring much-needed homes to suit a range of purchasers including first-time buyers and young families.
“The council has been instrumental in ensuring that this site could be developed for housing, and Persimmon’s plans embrace the same exciting ambitions that we have for the wider regeneration of the Headland as part of the Hartlepool Vision.”
Work on the homes began after investigations by the Environment Agency Sirius Remediation, the firm which cleared the former chemical works site, found there was no asbestos buried there.
Joan Peart, head of sales for Persimmon Homes Teesside, said: “This is an exciting development that will not only provide much-needed new homes, but will also breathe economic life into the area and lay the foundations for a thriving new community.
“Our plans include homes to suit a wide range of buyers, from those looking to get on the property ladder for the first time to families seeking more space as they grow.”
The Mail launched its Sort Out Steetley campaign in 2007 to secure the site, which was plagued by arsonists and trespassers.