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NEWCASTLE REJECTS TASK FORCE ATTACK

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Newcastle City Council has reacted angrily to suggestions from the Urban Task Force that too much greenfield land i...
Newcastle City Council has reacted angrily to suggestions from the Urban Task Force that too much greenfield land is being released for building in the city.

The task force's major report on urban renaissance last week said there was 'excessive release of greenfield land' in north-east cities such as Newcastle which was 'exacerbating the decline of inner urban areas'.

The task force warned that the government was likely to miss its national target of 60% of new homes being built on previously used brownfield sites.

Deputy prime minister John Prescott immediately signalled a possible retreat from the target by saying it was vital not to become 'obsessed' by the figure.

But the task force's criticism of Newcastle - understood to be a reference to a 3,000-home development planned for the north of the city - provoked an angry response from the city council.

Development chairman Kevin Jones dismissed the attack as 'absolute rubbish'.

A special agreement meant that for every home built on greenfield land north of the city, two would be built on existing brownfield sites, Mr Jones said.

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