That would be a great plan for the region, would worry that it would draw in the middle class liberal southerners though. Love the idea of bio cropping, always thought we've massive potential as an agricultural area, loads of lush green land, rains plenty, land is often left barren or available cheap.It was more working for Ruffer or Elliot mate!
I do think that the NE could position itself as a Centre for sustainability. You have the wind turbine manufacture in Tynside, Nissan with Leaf production, loads of opportunity for wind/wave, underground gasification potential, poor dales farmland that could be used for bio crops. Some good universities, and hard working MPs.
Ok - one of those was bollocks!