Guide to Development Management at Gateshead - page 11

Here in Gateshead we have a principle that runs through much of our
work. It’s a simple statement, but one that really does reflect what we
believe in – ‘celebrate the past, build the future’.
Gateshead has an amazing history and has long been a focal point for
innovation. From the birth of the railways, via the electric light bulb to
the invention of internet shopping; it happened here.
But, as our recent history and iconic structures like The Sage
Gateshead, the Angel of the North, BALTIC and Gateshead Millennium
Bridge have demonstrated, we have a bright future too. The new £150m
town centre development at Trinity Square is nearing completion and our
flagship £9.9m hub for creative businesses, the Northern Design Centre,
is nearly full (see front cover image).
In housing developments too, Gateshead is leading the way -
particularly in the regeneration of former industrial areas. The Staiths
Southbank development, fast approaching completion, is an innovative
mix of homes created in conjunction with renowned design guru Wayne
Hemmingway. We’re also in the early stages of a 2,400 homes joint
venture project covering 19 sites across the whole of the borough –
the biggest housing redevelopment in the history of Gateshead.
We’re incredibly proud of our £38m investment in leisure facilities
across the borough. Within the last five years we’ve built two brand-new
leisure centres and transformed three existing ones. We’ve also made
big improvements to Gateshead International Stadium and to Gateshead
Central Library.
With exciting developments like these and our already well established
major tourist attractions, key business destinations like Team Valley
Trading Estate and a vibrant retail sector epitomised by Metrocentre
(Europe’s largest indoor shopping centre), Gateshead is on course for
a successful future. I hope you will be part of that future too.
Councillor Mick Henry - Leader of the Council
Guide to Development Management at Gateshead
Introduction from the Leader of the Council
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