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The Local Plan is made up of a number of documents covering the full set of planning policies that will manage and influence future development in Gateshead.

Planning for the Future - Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan for Gateshead and Newcastle Upon Tyne, 2010-2030 (Adopted March 2015) 

This sets out the spatial planning framework to deliver economic prosperity. We want to create neighbourhoods that last a lifetime. It is the central document in our Local Plan, containing a spatial vision, objectives, strategy and policies. The plan covers the whole area within Gateshead and Newcastle administrative boundaries. This  includes strategic policies and specific policies for the urban core, sub- areas and sites. 

Gateshead Unitary Development Plan (UDP) 

A number of UDP policies are saved and will remain part of Gateshead's Local Plan until they are superseded by policies in further documents forming part of the Local Plan.

Current Local Plan policies

Local Plan policies cover a wide range of issues including topics such as:

  • housing
  • jobs and employment
  • health and wellbeing
  • green belt
  • environment
  • retail and community facilities. 

Icon for pdf Gateshead Local Plan Policies March 2015 [3.18MB] comprises policies recently adopted as part of the Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan, and those Unitary Development Plan policies.

View these on the interactive policies map for Gateshead.   

Making spaces for growing places

This will set out more detailed policies for across the borough. We use these to guide decision making on planning applications and define areas allocated, or designated, for specific purposes.


Metrogreen is an area that offers opportunity for the development of a mixed-use sustainable community within Gateshead. It is the council's intention to produce an Area Action Plan for the Metrogreen area.

Supplementary planning documents

These set out more detailed guidance around specific issues, such as urban design and alterations to houses.


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