A planning document prepared by the community to help guide the future of North Shields Fish Quay has been formally adopted.
North Tyneside Council has approved the document after the Fish Quay was chosen in March 2011 as one of 17 Neighbourhood Planning Front Runners, a pilot scheme giving communities a greater say in local issues.
Residents, landowners, businesses and visitors have contributed to the production of the Fish Quay Neighbourhood Plan Supplementary Planning Document, with assistance from the North of England Civic Trust and the council’s planning team.
The plan covers issues including housing, employment, tourism and recreation, and includes objectives for the area which will be considered in any future planning applications.
Geoff Gunton, chair of the neighbourhood plan group, said: “Approval of the plan is very gratifying. It has taken a considerable effort by the group to navigate through the process, learn about new subjects and agree on common objectives for the area.
“Acceptance of the plan is a testament to the commitment and effort of those involved from the local community.”