Outlining plans for development sites

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Consultation has begun on potential housing sites in the borough.

North Tyneside Council’s draft local plan, which will shape the growth and development in the borough over the next 15 years, has gone out for public consultation.

Every household in North Tyneside will receive a leaflet providing a summary of the document, drawn up by the council and its partner Capita.

The leaflet provides a summary of the key proposals that aim to protect the character of the borough while setting out the range of potential sites which could be developed for jobs and houses.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “We want our residents and partners to protect the unique qualities that make our borough a great place to live, work and play as well as provide enough land for the jobs and homes we need now, and those for our children and grandchildren.

“By working together we want to develop a plan that works for the borough and its residents.”

Earlier feedback has already been included in the North Tyneside Local Plan Consultation Draft, including not encroaching on the 39 per cent of green belt land.

However, the plan does list more than 100 potential sites which could be taken forward for housing, employment and retail.

Mrs Redfearn added: “The Local Plan is at an early stage of preparation and nothing is set in stone.

A cross-party working group agreed that no decisions should be made at this stage on which sites should be developed.

“We don’t envisage that we need all 100 sites, and that’s why it is important that the public help us decide which sites are best to take forward.”

The Local Plan must pass through a series of formal stages before it is formally adopted, expected to be late 2015.

Consultation closes on January 6, 2014, at 5pm. A number of drop-in sessions will allow residents to ask officers questions on the plan.

They will take place at Killingworth Shopping Centre and Whitley Bay Library on Saturday, November 9, from 10am to 12.30pm; at the Forum Shopping Centre, Wallsend, on Saturday, November 16, from 10am to 12.30pm; at Whitley Bay Library on Thursday, November 21, from 3pm to 7pm; and at North Shields Library and the council’s Quadrant HQ, Cobalt, on Saturday, November 23, from 10am to 12.30pm.

The full version of the Local Plan is available in all libraries and online at www.northtyneside.gov.uk