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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