Campaigners say plans to build hundreds of homes in Gateshead will destroy greenbelt land, harm a wildlife park and have a huge impact on A1 traffic.
The council says they need to build more houses to support the town's growing population.
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2,000 children from more than 100 primary schools flocked to Sandhaven at South Shields for the annual Sandcastle Challenge.
Sunderland is set to welcome the world famous Tall Ships race in July 2018. Now, it has been given the honour of starting the race.