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Unitary Development, Tyne And Wear

Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what strategic advice was offered to each authority in Tyne and Wear county on the number of additional houses and households to provide for in their unitary development plans; and whether his Department's more recent household projections for Tyne and Wear will give rise to any revision of his guidance.

The "Strategic Guidance for Tyne & Wear", which was issued in April 1989, stated that the five unitary development plans should provide for a basic requirement of 30,100 dwellings to be built between the beginning of 1988 and the end of 2001. These would he distributed as follows:

Number
North of the River Tyne (City of Newcastle upon Tyne and North Tyneside MB)12,600
Gateshead MB5,800
South Tyneside MB5,000
Sunderland MB6,700
Total30,100
This strategic guidance has formed the basis of the draft plans currently in course of preparation in the five districts. It is being monitored by the district councils and will be revised and updated as necessary. Recent household projections will be taken into account in the revision process.