After much consultation a decision has finally been reached on where it will be permitted to build homes on Tyneside and where it will not be allowed.
This is not an issue where consensus was likely. Some people feel that the existing green belt is sacrosanct and all building should be on brownfield land. Others want a building free-for-all.
Both sides have some valid arguments. But the fact is that we do need new land for homes. If we do not build quality homes Tyneside will lose the quality people who would buy those homes.
The best we can do is to manage the growth, to make sure the right infrastructure is in place. The steady (rather too steady) approach that has been taken should help us to achieve that ambition.