Further talks over new housing in the borough

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FURTHER discussions are to take place over plans for the borough’s future growth.

Residents, businesses, young people and other stakeholders are being asked for their views on a range of options.

The move is part of further consultation on North Tyneside Council’s core strategy preferred options document.

Among the proposals are areas for housing following concerns raised by residents last year over the proposed sites.

Cabinet members approved a month-long consultation on Monday, rejecting a proposal to conduct a borough-wide poll on the current document.

Mayor Linda Arkley said: “We have an ambitious future vision for North Tyneside which has growth at its heart.

“Growth in housing is key to our future success.

“It will allow us to meet existing and future housing needs, including affordable housing, as well as create and support jobs and infrastructure and attract more inward investment.

“If we don’t progress with a development framework for the borough then we will lose control of where we can guide development, and this will affect the future of the borough.

“I have heard and understood residents’ concerns about the level of house building that is required, and we will now conduct an extra consultation on a range of growth options for the borough, to allow us to take those concerns into consideration.”

The council’s Strategic Plan 2011-15 has identified growth to secure a sustainable economic future is a key feature, such as an increase in housing, helping to create jobs and increase in local spending.

Last year, the council received nearly 9,000 comments on its core strategy document during a 12-week consultation.

Respondents were generally in support of the overall strategy for development, but there were concerns about the level of house building that might be needed and the potential impact on greenfield sites.

The mayor said the new consultation will be done within the most cost-effective way and managed within existing budgets.

Following the consultation, the core strategy document will move to publication draft, and the council say this will provide a further opportunity for views to be heard.

Once the core strategy is agreed by full council, it will be sent to the Secretary of State for final approval, via an examination in public.