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Consultation on options for Gateshead’s Metrocentre opens

Words: Huw Morris
Gateshead riverside

Plans to transform brownfield land surrounding Gateshead’s Metrocentre have taken a step forward as the local authority launches a consultation on its preferred option.

Gateshead Council is seeking feedback on a proposal for a sustainable urban community with residential neighbourhoods next to the River Tyne and River Derwent. 

The proposal includes 974 homes, 25,500 square metres of leisure and ancillary uses and a 200-bed hotel to support the intu Metrocentre. 

“The council’s preferred option aims to use only urban and brownfield sites to meet its future housing and employment needs,” said Gateshead leader Martin Gannon. “We feel we have a credible option which responds to the climate emergency and provides a sustainable option for the future.  

“The regeneration of the area will be important to supporting the future sustainability of the Metrocentre as it adapts to the changing nature of the retail environment.”

The consultation, which runs until September 25, will inform the next stage of the MetroGreen Area Action Plan Draft Plan. 

Further details on the consultation are available on the Gateshead Council website.

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