MEP Anthea McIntyre has warmly welcomed the announcement of a deal with the West Midlands Combined Authority to build more than 200,000 extra new homes.

She said the announcement should provide "important fuel" for the West Midlands engine.

A £350 million package of Government support, to include a land fund of £100 million announced in the Chancellor's statement today, will mean thousands more homes built over the next 12 years.

Miss McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the wider West Midlands region, said: "The West Midlands Engine project is all about improving our skills and technology to put ourselves at the forefront of creating prosperity and jobs.

"That momentum can stall if there are not enough proper homes for a growing workforce to live. This investment will tackle one of the major obstacles to our progress and will provide important fuel for the engine."