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Newcastle Intends to Build ‘New Town’ in the City

Newcastle City Council has announced its plan to build three thousand new homes in the west of the city. Its draft masterplan for the Callerton area has been made available for public view.

The scheme is part of the council-driven plan to construct 21,000 new residences across Newcastle by 2030, which will create around 14,000 new jobs at the same time.

The council has reserved locations throughout the Callerton area for development. It will be working with a consortium of local developers to bring the scheme to fruition.

The goal is to build new and sustainable communities that complement the local area, have their own distinct appearance and identity, integrate easily with the surrounding communities, and make sure that the landscape is a fundamental part of the development.

The history and landscape of Callerton are taken into account in the design proposals, which demonstrate how the development will benefit the local community and the natural environment in the long run. Transport, schools, shops, leisure, and open space are all explored and explained.

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The sites will include open space, wildlife corridors, and sustainable urban drainage systems.

Cllr Ged Bell said that Newcastle is growing, resulting in a greater demand for new housing. The council wants to ensure that the city can deliver enough new homes for local people and provide enough facilities and services to support them.

Cllr Bell explained that the vision for the future of Callerton includes ideas for housing design, open space, landscaping, facilities and roads, all of which will go into creating an integrated and vibrant new community. The draft document illustrates the look and feel for the proposed development and how housing will be provided. He urged local people to tell the council what matters to them.

Last year the council approved and adopted a new local plan, known as the urban core plan or core strategy, to ensure that Newcastle has enough homes, employment opportunities, and services to meet community needs. The plan’s adoption was an important milestone for Newcastle, opening the way for more new sites to be developed as the city’s population expands.

Earlier in 2016 the council announced a similar plan for Kenton Bank Foot, where 800 homes will be built with the assistance of Avant Homes, Cussins, and Taylor Wimpey UK.

The local plan identified Callerton as a neighbourhood growth location, and an upcoming consultation is the next step in developing a new community there.

Cllr Bell said that the opinion of local residents is incredibly important to the council, and they want to ensure that people have adequate opportunity to express their views.

Four public consultations have been held so people can see the concepts and provide feedback before the masterplan is adopted this summer. Once cabinet has agreed on a masterplan, planning applications will be determined accordingly.

 

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