Built on feedback from residents and businesses, our Ambition for North Tyneside lays out a number of bold projects reflecting the authority’s ambition around its five themes:
- Family friendly
It focuses on the needs of every part of the borough and sets out how the council hopes to help shape North Tyneside and make sure it is fit for the future.
What we want to achieve
The South West has some fantastic assets; a World Heritage site at Segedunum, the industrial north bank of the Tyne, with world leading businesses (including the Swans site), a great leisure offer with Hadrian Leisure Centre, well used libraries and the refurbished Richardson Dees Parks and strong transport links in some areas.
We continue to support business and residents to create more and better jobs, working with public transport providers and funders to help improve the connections in areas that do not have strong transport links. We also want to improve the housing offer and improve the sense of place and community, which in turn, will go towards closing the gap in life chances.
What we are doing now
Ambition for Wallsend
We have some ambitious plans for Wallsend and are currently working alongside funders and partners to create a vibrant and connected Wallsend.
The plans prioritise making improvements to the quality of housing in the town by renovating poor-quality properties and building new homes, connecting residents to good jobs through employment support and further education, transport infrastructure and putting Wallsend on the map for employers.
Draft proposals include plans to transform Segedunum and better link it with the town centre, improvements to the town centre public realm and the pedestrian routes along the high streets and Station Road.
Engagement on the draft ‘Ambition for Wallsend’ took place in early 2023 and the outcome of this engagement exercise was reported to Cabinet on 22 May 2023. The report can be found here.
The final document was subsequently approved on 19 July 2023 and can be found below.
You can find more information on the Ambition for Wallsend here.
We have developed ideas with our partner, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, for the transformation of Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum. These ideas include creating a more prominent entrance and café on the ground floor, moving the car park to the east of Station Road, turning the existing car park into an events space, developing new gallery space and an improved digital offer and bringing the Bath House back into use.
We have already secured £499,000 of grant funding from Art Council England’s MEND fund for repairs to the museum. These repairs include replacement of the air handling system which will improve the heat and humidity controls to better protect museum displays and enable loans of artefacts from national and international museums.
Hadrian Health Centre
Healthcare building specialist Assura worked with owners of the Forum Shopping Centre, NewRiver Retail, to develop the Hadrian Health Centre which opened in December 2022.
The health centre accommodates the former GP services of the Park Road Medical Practice and Portugal Place Health Centre who have now merged to form Hadrian Health Centre.
The centre also accommodates community services provided by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
The building has been built to modern, environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art specifications including solar panels to limit the electricity required from the grid and reducing its carbon footprint. It includes both consulting and treatment rooms, light and airy spaces for patients and good access for disabled people and those with young children due to wider doors/corridors and the provision of lifts. There are also dedicated training areas for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.
More details can be found here.
Swans Centre for Innovation (CFI)
We completed the second phase of the Centre for Innovation in 2020 which has seen the creation of 10,000 sq. ft of commercial floorspace for businesses and builds on the success of the first phase of the scheme which is occupied by a range of companies related to the offshore / energy sectors. Current tenants include Walker Subsea, Global Offshore Logistics and Dynatech Renewables.
The CFI continues to be advertised on the Council’s Vacant Property pages as well as on Locate North Tyneside and at offshore energy events and exhibitions throughout the year.
Swans Energy Park
Following Cabinet’s decision in March 2018 to approach the market about selling the former Swan Hunter shipyard the freehold sale was completed to the preferred bidder, Shepherd Offshore Limited, in December 2020.
Shepherd Offshore has since completed demolition at the site, has started work on upgrading the quay infrastructure and are developing their plans for further investment and securing an occupier. These plans form part of a wider long-term strategy with partners to continue to develop the Tyne as a world class offshore energy location being progressed under the Tyne Powered initiative:
Wallsend Civic Hall
The lease with the previous operator of the Civic Hall has now ended. We have secured the building and completed building condition surveys to assess the works needed to prevent further deterioration of this historic building, a Grade II listed building.
Wallsend Hall is a building with significant potential and, under the right ownership and with targeted investment, can become a real asset to the Borough and complement the ambitious regeneration plans we have for Wallsend.
The condition surveys will enable us to develop options to bring the hall back into a use that befits its character, setting and history.
Pre-renovation enabling works have been completed to the building which represents the first phase of activity to bring the building back into beneficial economic use. This has included site set up and security, completion of condition and asbestos surveys, removal of dangerous roof timbers and partial roof repairs to prevent further ingress of water in advance of a full re-roof of the building.
We are now working with the owner of the Buddle, Adavo, to support them in bringing the building back into use as a business centre focusing on health, beauty and wellbeing. Adavo made applications for planning permission and Listed Building Consent in late 2022 and these are being considered by the Council as local planning authority.
Towns & High Streets Innovation Programme
Funded by North of Tyne Combined Authority, we have secured £1.9m which is seeing five key projects being delivered – Active Travel & Place Making, Shop Front Improvement Scheme, Events & Animation Programme, Segedunum High Street Presence, and bespoke business support for Wallsend businesses.
The Wallsend High Street Transformation Board brings together representatives from various areas and sectors of the chosen area including residents, voluntary organisations, businesses, and regeneration colleagues, to oversee performance and provide monitoring & oversight throughout the lifetime of the project.
To find out more about specific business support in Wallsend, please visit the business support pages of the website here.
Shop Front Improvement Scheme
This grant is aimed at supporting businesses in Wallsend Town Centre to invest in the external appearance of their commercial premises and encourage future business growth.
This grant is for any retail unit with a ground floor shop unit or doorway access / signage for an upper floor commercial premises, which is accessible to the public; based within the Wallsend town boundaries
To view the criteria and make an application, please visit the business support page of the website
What we will do next
Ambition for Wallsend
Following approval of the Ambition for Wallsend Masterplan a delivery plan will be produced. The delivery plan will identify the individual projects within the plan, the lead organisation and potential sources of funding.
We will also continue to explore opportunities to secure grant funding from Government and other organisations for projects in the masterplan.
Working Well Hub
One of the three policy priorities in the Wallsend Masterplan is to make sure Wallsend residents are connected to good jobs.
In September 2023 the latest Working Well Hub in North Tyneside will open in Wallsend Customer First Centre.
The Hub will be on the first floor of the customer service centre providing a one-stop-shop for employment, skills, and health support.
As well as expert employment support there will be information and advice on hand to address wider barriers to employment including debt, physical and mental health, and housing.
The Working Well North Tyneside hub will open from 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday, walk ins are welcome.
More information can be found here.