Cllr Tony Flynn was responding to the announcement from planning minister Sally Keeble of amendments to the draft Regional Planning guidance which will now be the subject of further public consultation before the guidance is finalised later in the year.
'We are pleased that in its response, announced today, the government has moved significantly and has recognised the strength of the arguments we have put forward. The proposal to include a second site in the general north Sunderland area is very welcome-as is the recognition that, in principle, there is a strong case for a third site in the Tees Valley area, probably west of Stockton.
'The government's agreement to re-instate the site in north Sunderland is conditional on the association carrying out a review of the land within the region allocated for employment development-and we will also be progressing the additional work needed to identify more precisely a further site in the Tees Valley.
'I am sure that this announcement will be seen as a major boost for the region as a whole-and will be particularly good news in the areas identified for the additional new strategic sites.'