We’re reviewing parking in the Lower Ouseburn Valley after issues have been raised by residents, businesses and visitors to the area. We also need to manage the effect of current and future developments in the area. Parking space is limited and we need to make sure it meets local needs as much as possible.



You can get in touch with us a ouseburnparking@newcastle.gov.uk  if you have any queries or require any further information


Parking surveys were carried out in 2014 which showed that:

most parking spaces are full during the day from Monday to Friday

a lot of people park in the Valley and travel into the city centre

parking in certain locations is creating safety issues

Click here to read about the research we have carried out (Ouseburn Valley Parking Desktop Study PDF 475.58KB)

In December 2014 and January 2015 we met with the Cycle Hub, Seven Stories, Toffee Factory, Cobalt Studios/Ernest, Biscuit Factory, i4 Business Centre, Foundry Lane Units, the Ouseburn Developers Forum, Ouseburn Trust, Ouseburn Farm and 36 Lime Street to improve our understanding of local issues and help inform our proposals.

Initial proposals

Draft proposals were prepared in February 2015 to introduce short, medium and long stay waiting restrictions, including

free short stay spaces

permit parking for residents and businesses  

pay and display at 40p per hour, limited to a four hour stay on-street, and with potential to be topped up after four hours at off-street spaces, to encourage a turn-over of spaces and deter city centre commuter parking

mandatory disabled parking bays in convenient locations

a specified coach drop-off point for local venues

electric car charging points

a car-club bay

To sit alongside wider aims to

support people travelling to the area on foot, by bike and by public transport, for example through physical improvements as proposed in the Ouseburn DIY Streets project

identify possible locations for additional off-street parking

It was agreed to approach the Valley in three stages: starting with the central area around Lime Street and the Village Green where there is the greatest demand for space, to be followed by the northern area around Stepney Bank and Boyd Street, and the southern area towards the mouth of the Ouseburn. 

Click here to see a map of the initial proposals for the central area: Ouseburn Valley Central Area Parking Proposals (PDF 119KB).

Click here to see a map of the initial proposals for the full area. Ouseburn Valley Full Area Parking Proposals (PDF 229KB)

Consultation on the central area

Consultation on the central area proposals took place from 9 – 26 March 2015, and involved:

a letter/survey delivered by hand to all residents, businesses and organisations in the central area, facilitated by Ouseburn Futures – we received 12 in depth responses to this, as well as having a number of useful conversations.

two consultation events – 12 feedback forms were completed at these sessions, and again there was a lot of informative discussion.

a survey and topic wall on Let’s Talk – we received 31 responses to the survey and 10 comments on the topic wall.

information was also posted on the Ouseburn Futures website, and communicated via social media.

Outcome from consultation on the central area

Since the end of the consultation period we have reviewed all of the responses and visited people where particular issues have been raised.

Here are the main points that were made, and our responses to them:

Whether there is a need to do anything at all
We consider that in light of the traffic surveys, comments from local residents and organisations, and the majority of the feedback from the consultation exercise, that there is a need for the proposed changes.

The cost of business permits, given that the majority of businesses are small to medium sized enterprises, many from the creative sector, operating on lower incomes 
We have taken this on board, and have agreed that while permit charges will be set at Zone B, we will offer them at zone A prices for a period of 10 years. There would still be a maximum number of 10 permits per business, but there would be no sliding scale of charges, with all permits at the rate of £92 per business per year. The income received from on street parking will be used to support this subsidy of the permits.

Click here for information on business permit charges

Whether there will be enough spaces to meet everyone’s needs
Information gathered through the consultation period has indicated that there could be a demand for around 100 permits, however it is important to note that not all permits would be in use at any one time, due to part-time working, or people being out of the office during the day. There are a total of 157 public spaces, including 9 disabled bays, 2 electric vehicle bays, and one car club bay, giving a balance of 57 spaces for visitors to the area if all permits happened to be in use. There are also the 18 spaces managed by the Ouseburn Trust, plus private spaces reserved for visitors to specific venues, such as Stepney Bank Stables.

That the problems are on weekdays rather than weekends
It is important to protect parking for visitors, and by maintaining restrictions at weekends we will ensure that adequate parking is available for visitors to the area.

Whether there could be some option for free long-stay parking outside the central area, e.g. for volunteers, visitors/employees with lower incomes
Free parking at Spillers Quay is available for the time being. This is, however, dependent on future phases of the parking review and possible development plans for this area.

Whether income from parking restrictions could be ring-fenced locally
This would be setting a precedent for the City, and the administration required to do so could not be justified. However Ouseburn will be able to access income gathered from parking charges across the city to maintain lighting, surfaces, meters and signage in the car-parks.

Next steps

The original proposals have been revised in response to the comments received and further detailed conversations with businesses and residents.

The revised proposals are now going through a Technical Consultation process, where the emergency services, Ward Councillors, public transport and taxi operators, special interest groups and individuals and businesses directly affected by the plans are invited to comment. There is a 21 day consultation period, followed by the time required to resolve any issues.

This will be followed by a Statutory Consultation period where notices will go up on the streets and in the press, and there will be another period of 21 days when the general public can submit comments. Again any issues raised will be considered, and if there are significant objections the scheme will go to a Council Sub-Committee which will take the final decision on how to proceed.

The plans will be published here when the Statutory Consultation period begins.

This formal consultation and decision making process should be complete by December 2015. Subject to approval we are expecting that implementation of the scheme including road markings, meters and signs would start early in 2016, and take 8-10 weeks. We would then carry out regular reviews of how it is working, and adjust it if necessary.

Detailed consultation on the northern and southern areas will follow in 2016, however the general principles will be set in the central area proposals.

Updates will continue to be provided on this page. 

Page last updated: 
24 February 2016
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