|Newcastle Great Park|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE|
|Postcode district||NE3 & NE13|
|Fire||Tyne and Wear|
Newcastle Great Park is a new suburb of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It is located in North Newcastle, some four miles north of the City Centre. Much of Newcastle Great Park is still under development and is sandwiched in between older areas of Newcastle, namely Gosforth, Fawdon and Kingston Park to the south, and Hazlerigg to the north. Newcastle Great Park is the largest housing development in the North East of England.
Development of this area, Newcastle City Council's 'Northern Development Area' had been in planning since at least 1991.In the 1990s the plans consisted of 2,500 houses and a 200-acre business and industrial development which could provide up to 10,000 jobs. Current indicative phasing shows plans for 3,300+ homes by 2030 and 4,100+ beyond 2030.
Prior to the area becoming a large housing and business development, the area to the north of the Great Park development was Hazlerigg Colliery. After the colliery closed the land it stool on was redeveloped into Havannah Nature Reserve. Fawdon Wagonway served the local collieries during the 19th century; the Wagonway lends its name to a street in the new development and part of the wagonway's route is still in existence as a public footpath.
The Newcastle Great Park development is 15 years into a 30+ year building project.Estates within the Great Park include:
Housing is currently under development by Charles Church, Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey. Great Park town centre is under construction near Brunton Lane to the west of the A1.According to Newcastle City Council the town centre will include a supermarket, high street style shops, cafes, restaurants, a hotel, nursing home, private hospital and leisure facilities.
House building in Great Park started in 2001 on the Warkworth Woods development shortly followed by Melbury in 2002. The table below shows current and planned housing numbers, in date order, up to 2030:
|Development Name||Development Cell||Developer||Timescale||Number of Homes|
|Warkworth Woods||Cell H||TBC||2001–2005||175|
|Greenside||Cell G||Taylor Wimpey & Persimmon Homes||2007–2016||326|
|Town Centre (Flats - phase 1)||Cell F||TBC||2009–2010||82|
|East Moor Village||Cell F||Taylor Wimpey||2009–2012||82|
|Brunton Village / Grange (phase 1)||Cell F||Taylor Wimpey & Persimmon Homes||2010–2015||282|
|Brunton Grange (phase 2)||Cell F||Taylor Wimpey & Persimmon Homes||2013–2019||332|
|Elmwood Park Court / View / Gardens / Green||Cell C||Persimmon Homes & Charles Church||2013–2021||432|
|Brunton Green / Grange (phase 3)||Cell E||Taylor Wimpey & Persimmon Homes||2015–2019||155|
|Town Centre (Flats - phase 2)||Cell F||TBC||2016–2017||38|
|Brunton West||Cell D||Taylor Wimpey||2017–2021||82|
|Brunton Meadows||Cell D||Persimmon Homes||2017–2021||81|
|West Heath||Cell D||Taylor Wimpey||2017–2021||164|
|The Oaklands||Cell D||Charles Church||2020-2022||44|
Newcastle Great Park contains one first school, Brunton First School, and as Newcastle operates a three tier education system older students feed into Gosforth Junior High Academy and on to Gosforth Academy. Brunton First School opened in September 2009.
In 2015 the academy unveiled a bid to build an additional 1,200-place secondary school in Newcastle Great Park as potential plan to meet the demand for school places from the expanding residential community in the area.The Secretary of State for Education confirmed the proposal to build a school as part of the Gosforth Academy federation at the Great Park in Cell A with an intended opening date of September 2020. Formal approval of a first school providing spaces for 450 pupils and a middle/secondary school for up to 1,700 pupils was granted by Newcastle City Council in October 2019. The Great Park Academy (GPA) has been delayed due a judicial review process which wildlife campaigners lost in February 2020. The new schools are now expected to open in September 2022 and contingency measures, including 'bulge classes' at existing schools, are being implemented to provide for pupils.
The software company Sage Group has their world headquarters in Newcastle Great Park.Sage Group's building, named North Park, was one of the first occupants of Newcastle Great Park in 2004 as Sage moved their Newcastle-based staff into a single building for the first time having previously been spread between two buildings on Benton Park Road and also in Horsley House in Regent Centre.
Sage's 32,000 square metres (340,000 sq ft) building housing approximately 1500 employees was built at a cost of £57 million. The building was worked on by Cundall, Tolent and idpartnership architects, and required the use of the largest mobile crane in the country at the time of construction. The building was shortlisted for the British Council for Offices Awards (2005 - Corporate Workplace Project) and was the runner up for the Landmark Awards (2005 - Office Development).
During the planning stages Sage's building was initially earmarked for Cell B of the development before switching to Cell C; moving further from the A1 road.The building was designed to be built in two phases and able to house up to 3000 members of staff, however this expansion did not occur.
In 2019 Sage announced their intention to move their Newcastle office out of their North Park headquarters building and into the Cobalt Business Park,the UK's largest business park, signing a 15-year lease starting 2020/2021.
Esh Plaza is a business office development consisting of two buildings – previous occupants included the Credit Services Association and the NHS.
A Londis shop, which opened on Featherstone Grove in March 2011, was the first store in the Melbury estate (this changed to a Premier Express shop known as 'The Great Park Store'), but this has since closed.
A pharmacy is open in the town centre area. In July 2021 a branch of One Stop opened in Middleton South in the Town Centre.
As of 2021 [update] a Morrisons supermarket is currently in planning.
The Great Park Community Centre, based on Roseden Way, opened in March 2014 and provides a range of services and facilities to the local community including:
A wide range of activities run from the centre including Pilates, Children's Dance, Drama Sessions, Martial Arts, Girl Guides, Summer Camps, Free Play and more.
The closest airport to Newcastle Great Park is Newcastle International Airport, which is located approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) away by road.
Newcastle Great Park is served by bus routes 46 (operated by Arriva North East) and Quaylink Q3 (operated by Go North East).
The 46 links Haymarket Bus Station with Gosforth, Regent Centre and Featherstone Grove (Melbury). The route operates up to every 15 minutes during the day (Monday to Saturday), and hourly on Sunday.
The Quaylink Q3 links Wallsend, Walker, Ouseburn and Quayside with Haymarket Bus Station,Gosforth, Regent Centre, Great Park Park and Ride and Great Park Village. The route operates up to every 15 minutes during the day (Monday to Saturday), and half-hourly during the evening and on Sunday.
The closest Tyne and Wear Metro stations to Newcastle Great Park are located at Fawdon and Kingston Park, with Newcastle Central being the closest National Rail station.
Newcastle Great Park is situated on the A1 road, to the north of Newcastle.
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