Newcastle Local Plan

Newcastle Local Plan

The Newcastle Plan

Early engagement on the initial stage of the Newcastle Plan is now complete. We would like to thank everyone who took part, either in-person or online. Your responses demonstrated just how passionate people are about the future of our city, and many aspects of life in Newcastle. Your contributions will help to shape the content of the Newcastle Plan.

We are now reviewing your contributions over the coming months and use these to inform our draft plan. We will publish feedback from this engagement later in 2024, and once the draft Newcastle Plan is prepared, this will be consulted on. More detail will be provided nearer the time. If you would like to be kept informed of future consultation on the Newcastle Plan, please contact us at

The current timeline is: 

       2024 – Stage 1 (Early Engagement) – now complete
                   Stage 2 ( Developing the Spatial Vision and Draft Plan)
       2025 – Stage 3 (Preparation of the Pre-submission Plan)
       2026 - Stage 4 (Submission for examination) 
       2027 – Stage 5 (Examination in public and potential adoption)

The Newcastle Plan will provide the spatial strategy for future development of the city and will set out our planning policies up to 2045, replacing our current Local Plan, once adopted. The Newcastle Plan is a key corporate priority and will help the council address our priorities to tackle poverty, address the cost-of-living crisis and work towards achieving the target of Net Zero carbon emissions by 2030 becoming an economically inclusive city.

Our current Local Plan - The Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan (Part 1) and the Development and Allocations Plan (Part 2) is still Newcastle's adopted Local Plan and will remain so until it is replaced by a new Local Plan. It will take several years to prepare a new Local Plan. 


What is the Local Plan?

A Local Plan is a collection of documents that will guide future development in Newcastle to 2030. 

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 (CSUCP) 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.

Adoption of the Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan (CSUCP)

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

CSUCP in smaller sections:

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’.

Evidence Documents and Preparation of the CSUCP

Review of the Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan (CSUCP) - 16 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 2015-2030 (DAP)

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 Development and Allocations Plan was formally adopted by Newcastle City Council on 24 June 2020

Examination of the DAP

For further details on the Examination of the DAP please see the DAP Examination page

Evidence Documents

The preparation of the DAP has been informed and supported by a range of evidence documents

Newcastle upon Tyne Policies Map

  • Development and Allocations Plan Policies Map (pdf version)
  • Newcastle upon Tyne Policies Map (Part 1 and Part 2)
  • Interactive Online Map
    • This is a combination of the Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan (CSUCP) and Development and Allocations Plan 2015-2030 (DAP).
    • 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.  You can search via postcode at the bottom of the screen.  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 section of the document.  Some sites have more than one layer there, you can scroll down in the pop up box to read all details.  An aerial photography overlay is also available as an option from the Key.


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