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In brief

Gateshead is a Metropolitan Borough situated on the southern bank of the River Tyne opposite Newcastle upon Tyne. The town is known for its architecture, including The Sage, the Angel of the North and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. In 2011, the population of Gateshead town was recorded as 120,046.

Historically part of County Durham, under the Local Government Act 1888 the town was made a county borough, meaning it was administered independently of the county council. Since 1974, the town has been administered as part of the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead

What to expect

Housing Delivery Test

Action Plan Authority within the 2021 Housing Delivery Test.

Up-To-Date Local Plan

Planning for the Future – Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan for Gateshead and Newcastle Upon Tyne, 2010-2030 (Adopted March 2015)

Customer Service

Customer service at Gateshead is inconsistent with officers being lead by external consultee’s on matters such as Highway Safety.

Decision Making Behaviour

Decision making behaviour is also inconsistent with established practice. Pre-application discussion on contentious schemes is seen as an essential part of working with this authority. Multiple applications appear needed to get a suitable on-site result.

Article 4 Directions

In Gateshead there are five separate Article 4 directions within the Saltwell Conservation Area only. There are no other Article 4 controls present.

Nitrate Effected Areas


Last Decision’s

  • 6 Headley Street Gateshead – Change of use to form 6 bedroom 7 person HMO
  • Granville House 16 Durham Rd Gateshead NE8 4EJ – Non Material Amendment to allow for an alternative internal layout
  • Former Glenpark Surgery, 61 Ravensworth Rd, Gateshead, NE11 9AD – Prior approval for the conversion to form 8 dwellings and planning permission for the conversion to form 3 flexible use (C3/C4) Dwellings
  • Land at Hedley Farm, Marley Hill, Gateshead, NE16 5EH – Demolition of existing stables and barn and construction of new stables an house.

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