“Councillors are pushing forward with plans to open up green belt land for housing in a controversial blueprint for development in Newcastle. But campaigners against Newcastle City Council’s Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan, which will enable developers to build 21,000 new properties over the next two decades, say housing will flood Tyneside’s countryside. The authority reduced the number of homes to be allowed on green belt to 6,000 after the initial number was 7,500.” July 17th 2013
Newcastle City Council says it will allow 3,500 affordable homes to be built on brown field sites it owns over the next five years.
“The authority itself is set to release land for 1,200 of the homes – 550 of which will be affordable – at sites in Denton, Blakelaw, Walker and Byker in a plan which represents £130m of investment in Tyneside. … Though the move has largely been welcomed, some campaigners have dismissed it as a “publicity stunt” and believe developers will overlook brown field sites for prime locations.” 16th July 2013