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Urban Design

Gateshead's rich cultural heritage has set the scene for many internationally-recognised projects. These include the Angel of the North, the Sage Gateshead, BALTIC and Gateshead Millennium Bridge. These examples show how innovative public art and architecture can help to achieve successful places. But our commitment to good urban design extends beyond high-profile art and architecture.

We strive for high quality urban design by encouraging developers to embrace the objectives of urban design. This will help them to achieve high quality outcomes


Gateshead policy and design guidance:

The following policies and design guides pave the way for improving the quality of our urban and rural environments by helping developers to achieve a high standard of design for all new developments within Gateshead.  

Icon for pdf Planning For The Future - Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan [59.93MB] - adopted in 2015 as a joint Local Plan Document of Gateshead and Newcastle councils. This documents contain the main strategic policies including a number of design related policies.

Icon for pdf Making Spaces for Growing Places (MSGP) [8.54MB] -  Icon for pdf MSGP policies map [5.45MB] - adopted in 2021. The policies and allocated sites in this plan will support the priorities set out in the Core Strategy.  

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs):

Icon for pdf The Gateshead Placemaking Guide (SPD) - Part one [9.31MB] - Icon for pdf Part two [3.53MB] - details our urban design objectives and borough-wide design criteria.

Icon for pdf Making It Happen: Gateshead Residential Design Code (Draft SPD) [2.98MB] - Gateshead's generic design guide for residential development made up of ten or more new dwellings.


Corporate documents:

Icon for pdf Made in Gateshead: Urban Character Assessment [67.77MB]

Icon for pdf Urban Landscape Study of the Tyne Gorge [15.14MB]


National guidance:

Building for Life (BfL)

Manual for streets

Design and access statements - how to write, read and use them

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

For more information

Visit our Planning Policy and Local Plan pages.


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