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