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Newburn landslide

Fifty homes had to be evacuated on the Mill Vale Estate in Newburn after a landslide washed away the foundations of a block of flats - leaving it on the point of collapse.

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Dunelm Homes "has full planning approval for Newburn flats"

Dunelm homes said it had full planning and technical approval for the whole of the Newburn flats site. The company said an agreement was signed in 2008 that committed Newcastle City Council to adopt the roads and the culvert which flooded, subject to construction standards being met.

It said the roads and culvert were due to be adopted subject to final inspections by the Council in summer 2012. But Dunelm said the process had been suspended and responsibility for both the roads and culvert at Spencer Court and Millvale remain in its hands.

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