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Local Plan

What is the Local Plan?

A Local Plan is a collection of documents that will guide future development in Newcastle. 

Planning for the Future - Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan for Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne 2010-2030

The Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan is a strategic planning framework that will guide development in Newcastle and Gateshead to 2030. It is the first part of both councils Local Plan, containing an overall vision and spatial strategy to deliver economic prosperity and create lifetime neighbourhoods. The Plan covers the whole of the area within the administrative boundaries of Gateshead and Newcastle and includes strategic policies and specific policies for the Urban Core, Sub-Areas and sites.

Examination of the Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan

Gateshead and Newcastle councils submitted the Plan to the Secretary of State for examination in February 2014.

The Inspector issued his Final Report in February 2015 and found the Plan “sound”, subject to a small number of changes known as ‘Main Modifications’.

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Adoption of the Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan

The Plan was formally adopted by Newcastle City Council on 26 March 2015:

  1. You can use the Key on the right hand corner to view the layers, and switch layers on or off. You can zoom in and out to get a closer look of the area you're interested in.  Click-and-drag or use the arrow keys to move the move around.  The different sites are colour-coded depending on the policy type.  Clicking a site on the map will display a pop-up box with more information on it, and a link to view that Policy webpage and documents.  Some sites have more than one layer there, you can scroll down in the pop up box to read all details.

The Plan is available in smaller sections:

Key Documents and Preparation of the Plan

A number of examination documents and supporting documents supported the Examination in Public, copies of these are available at request by contacting Planning Policy.

The following document outlines the key stages in the Plan development


Review of the Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan (CSUCP) – March 2020

Local Plans should be reviewed at least every 5 years to check whether they need updating. This is required by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), paragraph 33.

Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council have reviewed the CSUCP. The review has assessed a range of factors including the performance of policies in the plan. Both councils have worked with neighbouring authorities and statutory consultees during this review.

The review concludes that there is currently no need to update the CSUCP. The CSUCP continues to deliver the key priorities and aims of both councils.

Development and Allocations Plan

Submission Development and Allocations Plan

This is part 2 of our Local Plan, which is a set of documents that will guide future development in Newcastle to 2030.

Part 1 of the Local Plan, adopted in March 2015 is called the Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan (CSUCP). The Development and Allocations Plan (DAP) is Part 2 and provides more detailed policies to support our growth ambitions for Newcastle including:

  • Policies which will be used to make decisions on planning applications
  • Allocations of housing and employment sites to support Part 1
  • Designations of retail centre boundaries and sites for environmental protection


The Submission Development and Allocations Plan (DAP), submission documents and supporting documents were submitted to the Secretary of State for examination on 13 March 2019. A Planning Inspector, appointed by the Secretary of State, will now conduct an examination into the DAP's soundness and legal compliance. Full detailed are contained in the Submission Statement.

All Submission Documents are available to view:

Copies of these documents can be viewed at the Civic Centre,

All representations received during the Pre-Submission Consultation have been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. These are available to view as part of the SD8 Report of Representations.

Next Steps

The DAP will now be subject to an independent examination to be conducted by the Planning Inspectorate. This is a continuous process running from the date of submission through to the receipt of the appointed Planning Inspector's Report.

Part of this process will involve hearing sessions where those invited to attend will have the opportunity to respond to matters raised by the appointed Planning Inspector. These hearing sessions are likely to take place in Summer 2019. The Inspector will check that all legal requirements have been met and review and listen to comments from residents, stakeholders and businesses, as well as local evidence.

The independent Programme Officer, Jayne Anderson will assist the Planning Inspector through the examination. She is responsible for all procedural matters of the examination and all future correspondence to the Plan regarding the examination. To contact the programme officer, email:

DAP Examination page

Main Modifications Consultation

Unitary Development Plan

The Unitary Development Plan and Proposals Map were adopted in 1998.  A Direction was issued on 31 August 2007, saving 128 policies and allowing 67 to expire. Following the adoption of the CSUCP a Policy Review superseded and deleted a number of UDP ‘saved’ policies. 95 policies in the UDP are still considered relevant to planning decision making alongside the CSUCP, WRAAP and BSAAP. The council have prepared a Development Plan document which contains all of the Policies in Newcastle’s Local Plan.

 Unitary Development Plan (UDP) (1998)

Proposals Map

The Proposals Map has been superseded in part by the Proposals Map for the Walker Riverside Area Action Plan, Benwell Scotswood Area Action Plan and Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan. The Newcastle Policies Map illustrates the development plan policies for Newcastle

1998 UDP Proposal Maps

Benwell Scotswood Area Action Plan

The Benwell Scotswood Area Action Plan (BSAAP) is a Development Plan Document and was adopted on the 4 November 2009.

The Plan covers an area in the inner west of Newcastle, generally bounded by the A1 Western Bypass, West Road, the eastern edge of Benwell and the River Tyne. It also includes some land north of West Road and Westgate Road, including the Newcastle General Hospital site.

Following the adoption of the CSUCP some of the policies in BSAAP have been superseded and deleted following a review.

Walker Riverside Area Action Plan

Newcastle City Council adopted the Walker Riverside Area Action Plan (WRAAP) on 4 April 2007.

Following the adoption of the CSUCP some of the policies in WRAAP have been superseded and deleted following a review.



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