IN BRIEF: The first steps have been taken in creating a northern growth corridor ...

The first steps have been taken in creating a northern growth corridor in line with deputy prime minister John Prescott's vision for the region outlined in his Northern Way strategy (Planning, 6 February, p2). The Northwest Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward and One North East met last week to discuss a steering group for a new northern framework linking economic development, education, housing and transport policies along the M62. A separate task group, headed by One North East chief executive Alan Clarke, will drive forward the detail of the strategy.

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