Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Brown Field Land to Make Way for 3,500 Homes; Council's Plans to Build Affordable Housing

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Brown Field Land to Make Way for 3,500 Homes; Council's Plans to Build Affordable Housing

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THOUSANDS of homes are to be built on brown field land across the city.

Newcastle Council has revealed that as well as allowing a new wave of green belt building, it will plan for 3,500 homes will meet the demand for affordable housing and be built on sites it owns over the next five years.

The council 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 PS130m of investment in Tyneside.

The plans, due to go before the council's cabinet this morning, have largely been welcomed but some campaigners have dismissed it as a "publicity stunt" because they believe developers will overlook brown field sites for prime locations.

Civic leaders have released details of the plan at the same time as the council decides on its controversial One Core Strategy, which will see significant portions of green belt land made available for housebuilders.

Jill Burrell, of the Cities for People campaign group, said: "Newcastle Council has chosen, despite fierce local opposition by thousands of residents, to review their green belt boundaries as part of the local plan.

"This has undoubtedly put pressure on the viability of potential brown field sites in itself. Why would developers want to develop brown field sites when the greenbelt sites are in the equation?" Your Homes Newcastle and Leazes Homes are to build 750 units, while a further 600 homes will be supported by registered housing providers. The council will also market other brown field sites for private sector housing development.

Home Group confirmed it hopes to build 60 new homes in the Northbourne Street area of Elswick and plans to work with the authority to create other affordable developments.

While the majority of housing will be in Denton, Blakelaw, Walker and Byker, the rest will be spread across 18 city wards, with only the Heaton (North and South), Parklands and Wingrove areas free from further brown field development. …

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