Have your say about plans for future of borough

A MONTH-long consultation is under way on plans for developments in North Tyneside over the next 15 years.

Residents are being asked for their views on North Tyneside Council’s core strategy setting out its overall aims and objectives for growth in the borough during the next decade and a half.

North Tyneside mayor Linda Arkley, pictured, is keen for as many people as possible to have their say on proposals including provision for the building of around 6,000 homes.

None of the proposals in the plan requires building on green belt land.

Mrs Arkley said: “We know from the extensive consultation we have had already that residents do support the overall strategy for development and are positive about our plans for creating employment, supporting retail centres and tackling issues including waste management.

“The additional consultation is about giving the public the opportunity to comment on the overall level of growth – the bigger-picture ambitions of this borough.

“We have already had public comments on the specific sites, and they are still relevant and will be taken on board in the consideration of the core strategy.

“Officers and councillors have worked very hard since work began on this plan to ensure the amount of development put forward delivers the homes and employment opportunities people want and need, but also protects the attributes, such as the green belt, that make people want to live or work in or visit North Tyneside.

“The strategy will not see houses on the green belt.”

The council says it is committed to delivering more housing for the borough because of previous policy agreements.

The deadline for comments on the core strategy is Monday, October 31.

For more information on the consultation period, e-mail planning.policy@northtyneside.gov.uk, call (0191) 643 2310 or visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk