A decision over a 300 million pound development, which could create thousands of construction jobs, has been deferrred by councillors for further discussions to take place.
Developers want to build hundreds of homes at Allens West, the former Ministry of Defence land at Eaglescliffe. But people living nearby and those working there are objecting to the size of the project.
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