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Your Gateshead - Your Future

Posted on Monday 30 October 2017

A major six-week consultation was launched today (30 October), for Gateshead Council’s planning strategy for the borough until 2030.

Making Spaces for Growing Places provides the detail behind the council’s planning strategy so that the borough:

  • has the homes and communities fit for the coming decades;
  • encourages businesses to come to the borough and thrive;
  • protects the natural environment and historic buildings; and
  • has the infrastructure to meet the growing demands that the future will bring.

The plan sets out which parts of the borough are suitable for new developments such as housing, office and industrial space; those parts of the borough where there may be limitations on any development taking place; and guidance and policies that the council needs when it comes to making planning decisions both for the borough as a whole as well as your local area.

The consultation is the latest phase of the Gateshead Local Plan.  “Planning for the Future Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan for Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne” is the first part of the plan.  Making Spaces for Growing Places builds on the proposals in that plan and provides details and location-specific policies.

The council will be consulting with residents, businesses, residents associations, and special interest groups.

Cllr John McElroy, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “Gateshead is a great place to live and work and we have ambitious plans for the future.  But it’s important that we strike the right balance between protecting what we’ve got and building for the future

“Your views count – let us know what you think.”

Further details are at:

As part of the consultation, several drop-in sessions have also been organised in the borough.  They will run from 2-7pm at: Blaydon Library on November 6; Birtley Library on November 14; Gateshead Civic Centre on November 22; and Felling Asda on November 27.

Planning officers will also be available on Twitter to answer questions on November 15 from 4-5.30pm at @GMBCouncil

The consultation ends on December 10.