Sunderland has ambitious plans. In 2023, the city is holding its Future Living Expo, which will showcase 5G-enabled, renewable-energy-powered “homes of the future”, 1,000 of which are currently planned for Sunderland, built off-site outside the city and assembled in four new neighbourhoods in the north of the city centre. With taxpayer money underpinning the investment at Nissan, the government’s “levelling-up” rhetoric now has a ring of reality to it here. The sums committed are small but symbolic, suggesting that the interventionist approach that characterised postwar industrial policy is back in fashion.
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