Public urged to give views on local plan

Residents are being urged to make sure they have their say over proposals outlining growth and development in the borough.

Consultation ends on North Tyneside Council’s draft Local Plan on January 6 next year.

The plan outlines growth in the borough over the next 15 years, including 110 potential sites for housing, employment or retail – although not all will be needed.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “The Local Plan is at an early stage of preparation and nothing is set in stone.

“We want to work with our residents and partners to protect the unique qualities that make our borough a great place to live, work, and play as well as provide enough land for the jobs and homes we needs now, and those for our children and grandchildren.

“I would like to thank those who have so far contributed to the consultation, and would encourage anyone else who still wants to feedback to make sure they do that before January 6 so we can develop a plan that works for the borough and its residents.”

The full version of the Local Plan is available in all libraries and at the council offices at Cobalt Business Park and also online at

The final plan will set out which sites can be developed to best meet these needs and where other parts of the borough should be protected.

It will also contain a range of planning policies on issues such as transportation and the conservation of the built and natural environments.

The Local Plan will bring together all planning consultation work previously carried out in 2010 and 2011 into a single document.

It must pass through a series of formal stages before it is formally adopted, expected to be in late 2015 and will then be used to help determine day-to-day planning applications within the borough.

The consultation closes at 5pm on January 6.

For more information contact a Planning Policy officer on (0191) 643 2310 or email