28 July 2016 – Newcastle City Council
Newcastle City Council has launched a consultation on draft proposals to refresh its long term development aspirations for East Pilgrim Street.
The draft development frameworks will provide guidance for two main areas to ensure that development is brought forward in a coordinated and planned way, with proposals illustrating how individual blocks could be phased over time. Retail led development has been earmarked for the northern part of East Pilgrim Street given its proximity to the heart of the city’s shopping centre, providing opportunities to further extend this. The central and southern areas will be developed for mixed uses including office, residential and leisure.
Cllr Bell, Cabinet Member for Investment and Development said: “These draft proposals set out the principles we’d like to see development rolled out in this area, to complement the established and growing retail sector in the city centre, and extend the leisure and tourism offer to create a vibrant night time economy breathing new life into the area. East Pilgrim Street represents one of the most strategically important areas of the city centre, and we want to make sure that we create the conditions to stimulate development and unlock investment by taking a comprehensive and coordinated approach, whilst preserving and retaining its unique historic assets.”
The area is identified as a key site in the Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan, known as the Local Plan. These two development frameworks are being prepared to supplement the policies in the Local Plan. Motcomb Estates manage the property portfolio on behalf of the Reuben Brothers who own much of the real estate on East Pilgrim Street, and the council have been working closely with them to accelerate development.
Patrick O’Driscoll, Director of Motcomb said: “East Pilgrim Street represents a significant part of Newcastle’s city centre, and this framework provides helpful guidance on how large mixed use developments of this kind could be delivered.We support the council’s approach to delivering long term sustainable growth in this area, and are working collaboratively to bring forward development.”
The development frameworks will include consideration of the historical and policy context, and will set out development principles including:
- Site features for retention
- Layout, scale and massing
- Place making principles
- Transportation improvements
- Site delivery requirements
- Infrastructure delivery plan and contributions
- Planning submission requirements.
Consultation on the draft East Pilgrim Street Development Frameworks will last for six weeks from 28 July 2016 to 8 September 2016