A masterplan has been discussed to create jobs and homes across Newcastle and Gateshead.
Land has been earmarked for housing developments, business and industry in a bid to kickstart the economy.
More than thirty thousand homes are planned to meet growing demand
Around three quarters would be built on urban and brownfield sites
The remaining quarter are planned for greenbelt land
The 'Local Plan' as it is known, is a framework stretching to the year 2030. It will now go out to public consultation.
A final decision on the plan is expected to be made next year.
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More than 30,000 homes could be built across Newcastle and Gateshead.
The plans are part of a long term framework for economic growth and have been discussed this morning by both councils.
Helen Ford reported live on our lunch time bulletin.
Newcastle City Council is planning to build 21, 000 new homes across Newcastle and Gateshead, 6000 of them on the Green Belt.
The council claims the plan will create 14, 000 new jobs and will improve the prosperity of parts of the area and its vision focuses on housing, employment and business.
The Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan reveals that 2000 of the new homes will be allocated for the city's student population.
15 000 of the new homes will be built on urban and brownfield sites including new land which has been re-allocated from employment use to housing in Newburn and Great Park.
The plan will be subject to a final consultation in September before it is approved.
Councillor Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council said:
"This is a major step forward for our city. It creates the foundations for Newcastle to grow and to play a part in the global economy of the future."