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Making Spaces for Growing Places

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MSGP will form Part 3 of our Local Plan following the adoption of the Icon for pdf Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan for Gateshead and Newcastle [59.93MB] which forms 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.

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 Icon for pdf Gateshead's Unitary Development Plan (2007). [21.56MB]


We submitted Part 3 of the Local Plan, Making Spaces for Growing Places (MSGP), which consists of development management policies and land allocations and designations, to the Secretary of State on the 12 April 2019. An independent Planning Inspector Joanna Gilbert MA (Hons) MTP MRTPI was appointed. Public hearing sessions relating to MSGP took place between the 30 September and the 11 October 2019. All relevant reports and correspondence relating to the examination can be found on the examination web page

Following the examination hearing sessions and the submission of additional information requested by the Inspector, we are carrying out a period of consultation on the proposed main modifications to MSGP. 


If you have any representations to make on the proposed main modifications to MSGP or the associated Sustainability Appraisal, please do so by writing to
Please note that this consultation only relates to the proposed main modifications and the Sustainability Appraisal addendum. Comments relating to other aspects of MSGP will not be considered. Comments must be received by 18 September 2020. 

The independent Programme Officer, Kim Russell, will assist the Planning Inspector through the examination. Kim is responsible for all procedural matters of the examination and all future correspondence on the Plan and the examination will be via her. Kim's contact details are:

Kim Russell
6 Laurel Gardens

07442 162 039

For all updates and news relating to the MSGP Examination, please visit our MSGP examination page.

Contact us

Spatial Planning and Housing Strategy
Development and Enterprise
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street

0191 433 3000

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