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Homes and jobs are target.

PLANS to build 7,600 new homes a year to help tackle the housing shortage in the North East were unveiled today by Ministers.

The target in the final version of the North East of England plan published today is 128,900 new homes by 2021.

Aims also include new jobs and better transport and a new focus on environmental protection to cut carbon emissions in new developments, using water more efficiently and promoting recycling.

A long-term vision to deliver sustainable growth with a social and economic renaissance in the North East was set out by Communities Minister Baroness Andrews in the revised regional spatial strategy.

The plan focuses on increasing economic development within the Tyne & Wear and Tees Valley city regions including the Tyne River corridor, the River Wear corridor, Durham City, South East Northumberland, and the Durham and rural coalfield areas.

The plan aims to create up to 73,000 new jobs in the North East by 2016 while 8,500 acres of land is identified for new business.

Land for growth has been reserved at key employment locations such as Newcastle Great Park, Newburn Riverside, Baltic Business Quarter, and West Hartford, Cramlington.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 15, 2008
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