Recognition for Fish Quay plans

A community-led document helping to shape the Fish Quay area has achieved European recognition.

The story behind the creation of the Fish Quay Neighbourhood Plan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is one of 12 case studies within a European research guide.

The document was one of the country’s first and produced by a community group consisting of local residents, businesses and landowners.

It was adopted by North Tyneside Council earlier this year and is now a fundamental part of the Fish Quay’s planning framework to help shape successful regeneration.

The Fish Quay case study is included in the ‘Towards better territorial governance in Europe’ guide, which aims to help European policy and decision makers better understand issues around how areas can be governed.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and environment, said: “It’s vital that the council works with residents, communities and businesses as we regenerate our borough

“This project on North Shields Fish Quay demonstrates one of the ways that this can happen and I’m pleased that it is being used as an example for others to learn from.”

In 2011, the Fish Quay was chosen by government to be one of 17 Neighbourhood Planning Front Runners. It led to the production of the SPD, which sets out a vision for the area that focuses on the Fish Quay’s potential to be a vibrant mixed-use area.