Residents have their say on ambitious plans for North Shields

Ambitious plans to transform North Shields and the Fish Quay will go before Cabinet members next week following a public consultation.

Tuesday, 19th January 2021, 10:00 am
The North Shields master plan proposals which are due before Cabinet members.

The Ambition for North Shields master plan – aimed at transforming the town centre and riverside into an environment where people choose to live, work and spend their leisure time – went out to consultation in draft form during last summer and autumn.

It outlines eight separate projects for the town centre and Fish Quay.

These include enhancing the appearance of key areas, creating a new transport hub and interchange and town square to host events, markets and performances, improved walking and cycling routes in the town centre, a new cultural quarter based around a traffic calmed Howard Street and riverside walkway linking the town centre to the Fish Quay.

There are also proposals for high-quality housing at key locations and moving the North Shields ferry landing to Western Quay.

The plans have been developed following a £200,000 grant from the North of Tyne Combined Authority.

The overall aim is to create a smaller, more vibrant and connected town centre which combines living, working and retail and is a destination in its own right, while connected to an increasingly vibrant Fish Quay.

Residents, businesses, partners and other interested parties were asked their views on the proposals through a variety of platforms.

A report to next Monday’s Cabinet meeting shows that overall feedback from the consultation was broadly positive and supportive of the proposals with a general agreement that North Shields needs some revitalisation.

Proposals to improve access between the Fish Quay and town centre, plans to create a transport hub, proposed new housing on the Unicorn House site and improved town centre gateways were all particularly welcomed.

The final master plan has now been refined and no longer includes a proposal to demolish a small number of buildings in Railway Terrace to make way for a new town square. Instead, Co-op have announced their intention to close their store later this year.

The council is aiming to purchase and demolish the Co-op store on Bedford Street and two smaller retail units facing Railway Terrace, recently put up for sale by the company.

Officials say the revised approach will enable the delivery of the transport interchange and a new town square and means the Railway Terrace shops would remain as they are.

All other proposals included in the master plan remain unchanged.

Coun Bruce Pickard, Deputy Mayor and cabinet member for Economic Development, said: “We’re an ambitious council and we intend to transform North Shields into somewhere people want to live, work and visit.

“This is a really exciting time for the whole of North Tyneside and we have already achieved a great deal in recent times in North Shields and the Fish Quay and the next step is to press ahead with the bold proposals contained within the master plan.

“As a listening council we have fully engaged and consulted with residents, businesses and other interested parties to help shape our thinking as have refined our plans to produce a final master plan which sets out a bright future for the town while providing value for money.”

For more information about the Ambition for North Shields master plan visit https://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/category/1415/ambition-north-shields