A NEW housing developer has pledged to boost the regional economy by using local businesses whenever possible.

Chapter Homes, based in Durham, is building its first development at Eden Field, Newton Aycliffe. It has already had success working with local suppliers and has extended its commitment to smaller firms, such as Weardale Carpets.

Richard Roddam, development director, said: "We are committed to helping the local economy. We are a Durham-based business that exclusively builds in County Durham, so it’s important that the company supports regional businesses when possible.

"The North-East is a fantastic place for the construction industry, as its roots are in building and developing. I am pleased to have the opportunity to help the area thrive."

Wayne Hindmarsh, owner of Weardale Carpets, said: "I think it’s fantastic that Chapter Homes has made this commitment to employ North-East suppliers. It’s a really big investment in the local economy to guarantee the survival of local businesses.

"It’s a brilliant thing to do, and more developers should do the same."