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.
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Thirteen Group has confirmed that Kennedy Gardens in Billingham has been found to be partially clad with cladding which is combustible.
Members of the community turned out to show solidarity in the wake of recent terror attacks.
Breezy. A few showers. Good sunny spells for most areas on Sunday