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Making Spaces for Growing Places

The Making Spaces for Growing Places (MSGP) Local Plan Document (LPD) is Part 3 of our Local Plan, following the adoption of the Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan in 2015 (forming parts 1 and 2). MSGP intends to:

  • set out detailed policies to both assist applicants, and inform decisions made on planning applications
  • allocate land for particular types of development
  • designate land on the basis of its use or quality, including conservation areas, retail centres and local wildlife sites, for example
  • identify areas where there may be limitations on development.


We are consulting on a draft version of MSGP (6.3Mb) and are keen to engage with as many individuals and groups as possible. We welcome comments and suggestions on any specific policy or proposal. 

The consultation runs from the 30 October to 10 December 2017.

Take part


This short video explains what Making Spaces for Growing Places is all about, and why it is important for us to hear what you think of it. 


Once adopted, the policies and allocated sites set out in MSGP will support the implementation of strategic priorities set out in the Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan. MSGP will also supersede most of the remaining saved policies from Gateshead’s Unitary Development Plan (2007).

Drop-in events

Come and talk to the planning team about MSGP at:

 Venue Date Time
Blaydon Library 6 November 2017  2 - 7pm
Birtley Library 14 November 2017 2 - 7pm
Gateshead Civic Centre  22 November 2017 2 - 7pm
Asda Felling 27 November 2017  2 - 7pm 

Virtual drop-in

There will be a virtual drop-in event on Twitter on 15 November between 4 and 5.30 pm. Planning officers will be available to answer queries and provide information in real time.


Making Spaces for Growing Places - Draft Plan (6.3Mb)

Making Spaces for Growing Places Policies Map (Interactive)

Making Spaces for Growing Places Policies Map (4.3Mb)

Statement of Representation procedure (72Kb)

Questions about the MSGP consultation

MSGP and Local Plan evidence base document library

Comments received on the draft MSGP

The Council will publish a statement of responses following the consultation within which responses may be summarised where necessary. In line with regulations, names and addresses will be published. 

Sustainability Appraisal

As part of the process of preparing MSGP we have carried out a Sustainability Appraisal to assess the social, economic, and environmental implications of the plan. The Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (1.70Mb), was the first stage of the process.

Housing and Employment Land - Call for Sites

During consultation on the draft MSGP, we are inviting landowners, developers and residents to submit sites which they think might have potential to accommodate new housing or employment use development. Information submitted to this “call for sites” should either identify sites which have not yet been considered within the Council’s relevant supporting evidence (for example the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment or Employment Land Review), or provide new information about sites, particularly in terms of the site’s ownership, or the intention to develop a site. 

Please do not submit greenfield sites in the Green Belt as these are excluded from consideration.  

If you wish us to consider the development potential of a site, or if you wish to provide new information relating to a site we have already considered in the evidence supporting MSGP, please send the completed form and a site map to

Local Development Scheme/Statement of Community Involvement

We are publishing an updated Local Development Scheme (LDS) and Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) to coincide with and assist the consultation on MSGP. 


Contact us

Spatial Planning, Environment and Housing Growth Team
Communties and Environment
Civic Centre

0191 433 3000