Our vision for the North of the city

We want the north of the city to be a key gateway, providing easy access to the city centre for its communities. We want it to be a family friendly district of Newcastle where people choose to live, that is safe, has good housing and a good quality environment, with access to good schools, services and economic opportunities. The city centre will develop northwards with the growth of the Universities district - from the Leazes round the north of the city centre. Around the airport and at Kingston Park, land-hungry distribution uses will have consolidated and expanded, partly to link with air freight and a strategic road network. By 2030, Cowgate and surrounding areas will have overcome the progressive decline of the late 20th century. It will be a sustainable neighbourhood with a strong sense of community and family-friendly green and open spaces.

The North - key issues and challenges

  • More people continue to receive out-of -work benefits in North Central area compared with the city average
  • Both South and North Cowgate neighbourhoods areas are in the 10% most deprived of areas nationally
  • High turnover of private rented flats and empty properties in some areas, particularly Cowgate, North Kenton, and Blakelaw
  • There has been little noticeable reduction in the health inequalities gap between the North Central and the Newcastle average
  • There are some major roads in the area which impact on communities which suffer from the associated disadvantages of high volumes of traffic.

Area Programme Director
Paul Marshall

Programme Manager
Karen Kilgour