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Party blasts housing plans.

AN independent political party has hit out at plans for thousands of homes on Tyneside.

The Newcastle Community First Party was launched almost a year ago with the aim of "putting people before politics".

It has now submitted its response to the Newcastle/Gateshead One Core Strategy, which aims to map out development on Tyneside for the next 20 years.

The party said that green belt land should not be built on, and that brownfield sites need to be prioritised for development.

It has also expressed fears that schools and healthcare facilities would not be able to cope with the scale of development proposed.

And it said roads in the outer west of the city would not be able to deal with the increased volume of traffic caused by a big increase in the number of houses.

Party spokesman Jason Smith said: "The current plan includes large-scale development on sites that residents consider to be greenfield, where development is unwelcome, whilst cutting the number of houses proposed in areas where development would be welcomed.

"A lot of the individual proposals in this planning strategy would be damaging on their own but together will be catastrophic. "
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 7, 2012
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