Public opinion is wanted on heritage area

Residents are being asked for their views on one of the borough’s heritage areas.

The Northumberland Square Conservation Area Character Appraisal, adopted in 2006, has been updated to help guide future developments in that area of North Shields.

North Tyneside Council has prepared a draft character appraisal, with the aim of defining and recording the special interest, character and appearance of the historic area.

It is out for public comment and following the consultation, the council will adopt it so it can be used to guide any future development.

Northumberland Square is one of a few Georgian squares built on Tyneside. Landmark buildings, such as the former Town Hall, sit alongside housing, now in commercial use.

The appraisal can be viewed at the council’s planning department’s reception at Quadrant, Cobalt Business Park, at North Shields Customer First Centre and online at

The consultation runs until December 6.

For further information contact Caroline Grist on (0191) 643 6304 or email