New housing plan for Tyneside defended by councillors

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 15:51:33 GMT

            Property News - New housing plan for Tyneside defended by councillors

The figures used to help devise a new housing plan for Newcastle and Gateshead have been the focus of a political row.

New plans to build 30,000 new homes in Newcastle and Gateshead by 2030 are not excessive, councillors have insisted.

The target was included in the One Core Strategy document produced jointly by the two local authorities, but opposition Liberal Democrat councillors have claimed the number is too high as it is based on inaccurate estimates of population growth, the Chronicle Live reports.

According to Anita Lower, the leader of the opposition group on Newcastle Council, the figure is wrong because it is based on 2011 data that projects a need for 1,051 new homes annually, compared to 2010 figures that would require only 770 to be built.

The party contends that the higher estimate will lead to more building on greenbelt areas.

However, cabinet member for development and innovation Ged Bell claimed an independent inspector had verified the projections.

“Whilst there may be slightly fewer people what hasn’t been said is that they are likely to live in smaller households, so what that means is we need more houses."

The One Core Strategy also focuses on areas like jobs, commercial development and transport.

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