Fish Quay pilot seeks volunteers

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VOLUNTEERS are wanted to help shape the future regeneration of North Shields’ historic Fish Quay as a national pilot gets under way.

The Fish Quay neighbourhood planning project was one of 17 approved by the government in April to pioneer the involvement of communities in the planning process.

And a drop in session is being held today (Thursday) from 2pm to 7pm at the new Fishermen’s Mission, next to the Lowlight houses.

Residents can find out how they can be part of the community team which will produce a neighbourhood plan for the area – likely to focus on Tanners Bank to the Quay area, although the final boundary has not been decided.

Jules Brown, chairman of the Fish Quay Heritage Partnership, is sure those who get involved will be part of a project that will leave their mark on their community for future generations.

He said: “Planning helps decide which things get built where. It brings together different opinions on a place and sets out what its future will be.

“The neighbourhood plan for the Fish Quay will guide the way forward on the future use of some of the Fish Quay’s key vacant sites – including the former Tyne Brand site – as well as making recommendations on building height, architecture, the mix of uses and so on.”

The plan will be produced over nine to 12 months, and once complete it will be recognised as a Supplementary Planning Document within the council’s local plan.

For more information contact Jules Brown on jules.brown@nect.org.uk or (0191) 232 9279 or contact Graham Sword at Graham.sword@northtyneside.gov.uk or (0191) 643 6340.