Residents in Bedfordshire are being urged to give their views on plans for 28,000 new homes in the county.
The housing is due to be built in the next two decades in areas including Dunstable, Luton, Biggleswade and Potton.
The consultation opens to the public tomorrow.
According to the Business Secretary Vince Cable a major expansion in house building is essential for Britain's economic recovery
In a speech to the Centre Forum think tank, Mr Cable called for government-backed loans to unlock investment in both social and private housing.