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European spotlight on Fish Quay regeneration

9th January 2014

A community-led document that is helping shape the Fish Quay area of North Shields has achieved European recognition.

The story behind the creation of the Fish Quay Neighbourhood Plan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is one of 12 case studies within a European research guide.

The SPD was one of the country’s first and produced by a community group consisting of local residents, businesses and land owners.

It was adopted by North Tyneside Council earlier this year and is now a fundamental part of the Fish Quay’s planning framework to help shape successful regeneration.

The council’s planning policy team, which has transferred to Capita as part of a 15-year technical services partnership, has provided support at every stage of the SPD’s development.

The guide that features the Fish Quay case study aims to help European policy and decision makers better understand issues around how areas can be governed. Called ‘Towards better territorial governance in Europe’, it has been produced by the ESPON (European Observation Network for Territorial Development and Cohesion) Programme.

The programme is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund and aims to support policy development within Europe.

It’s vital that the council works with residents, communities and businesses as we regenerate our borough. This project on North Shields Fish Quay demonstrates one of the ways that this can happen and I’m pleased that it is being used as an example for others to learn from.

Cllr John Harrison

Cllr John Harrison

cabinet member for Housing and Environment, North Tyneside Council

In March 2011, the Fish Quay in North Shields was chosen by central Government to be one of 17 Neighbourhood Planning Front Runners.

It led to the production of the SPD, which sets out a vision for the area that focuses on the Fish Quay’s potential to be a vibrant mixed-use area that thrives on its fishing industry, social and leisure facilities, businesses and residential community.

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