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** Whitley Bay Regeneration **

These pages will keep you up to-date on what is happening or not happening on the regeneration. Whitley Bay has had years of neglect and is that about to change? - follow these pages

Coast Masterplan on Show

Date:- Monday 15th December 2014 2 - 5pm and Tuesday 16th December 2014 2- 8pm

Location:- Whitley Bay Customer First Centre

North Tyneside Council has unveiled an ambitious future vision for its coastline. The Whitley Bay Seafront Masterplan sets out North Tyneside Council's plans to reinvigorate the area between St Mary's Lighthouse and Cullercoats Bay.

The proposals are a mix of council and private sector developments and will see more than £30 million of new investment at the coast. It will involve a mix of schemes set to be funded by North Tyneside Council and its partners as well as plans put forward by private developers - all aimed at making the area even more attractive to visitors, residents and businesses. These include plans for an impressive £1million visitor centre development at St Mary's Headland, proposals to improve the Watts Slope area of Whitley Bay, plans for the future of the Spanish City Dome, significant promenade improvements, attractive landscaping, extra lighting and more.

Elected Mayor for North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn said: "It's fantastic that we've finally reached the stage where we can reveal the details of our ambitious Masterplan. I know that residents have been keen to see these plans for some time, and I'm delighted that we're now able to share them publicly. These proposals will enable us to make real progress on the improvements that residents and visitors have told us are needed to make Whitley Bay seafront a vibrant, attractive and appealing destination once again."

Spanish City Seafront

Funding has been awarded to create a new public piazza in front of the iconic Spanish City Dome to join the landmark building to the sea-front - Jan 2013

Spanish City Dome - Proposals

Details of Robertson's proposals for Spanish City can be found at:-

Click Here - http://www.spanish-city.co.uk

The Council is currently awaiting the outcome of a Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Fund bid that aims to help it take the Spanish City Dome development scheme forward by completing internal building work to fit it out for future users.

Spanish City and Seafront

The regeneration of the seaside resort of Whitley Bay and Spanish City is part of a wider strategy to regenerate the whole of North Tyneside's coast by building upon the many natural assets and existing attractions, including blue flag beaches, historic buildings and leisure facilities, that the coastal area offers.

North Tyneside Council is working with a prefered developer, Robertson's, to bring forward the development of Spanish City island on the spectacular seafront of Whitley Bay. The site lies within the heart of a major £60m regeneration strategy that is already rejuvenating the seaside resort of Whitley Bay.

Key projects already completed include:

•Waves, the £8m refurbishment of the Whitley Bay Leisure Pool.

•£750k invested in new play facilities including a new skatepark.

•£9.1m rebuilding of the Playhouse Theatre.

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Playhouse and Skateboard Park take Shape

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Front of the playhouse has been demolished to make way for the new glass front Skate park under construction due to be finished early July but it will be later

Latest Statement from North Tyneside - November 2007

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Statement from North Tyneside - October 2007

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Whitley Bay Leisure Pool - Regeneration to start June 17th 2007

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Work to start on Dome in the Summer (2007)

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Regeneration Drags On

Well the debate still goes on and it would seem that most people and organisations are against the plans. Some parts good and long overdue but the remainder and relocation of council services and police to the area leaves a lot to be desired. Overall the only winners would seem to be the council - revenue !!!. Certainly for local residents a total lack of parking and amenity.

Planning permission has been sought for the Dome and immediate buildings and you still have time to comment - Planning ref - Click Here and type in 06/03647/FUL under Application Reference

North Tyneside take action on derilict properties (Aug 06)

(Update - Not a lot has changed and it is now January 2007)

The council has served notice on a number of the eyesore properties to get them tidied up - For Details Click Here

Latest statement on regeneration(June 06)

In Whitley Bay planning applications are expected by the end of summer for the new Dome development at Spanish City and for the refurbishment of the Leisure Pool. The eyesore Duncan's amusements have been demolished and other old buildings will be removed over the summer. The events area and new playsites at Whitley Park will be created in autumn.

Demolition has got underway

- Bit Late but its a Start

Latest statement from the Council 12 May 06

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Regeneration Scheme gets go-ahead from North Tyneside Council - 19 April - Click Here

For details of the proposals and council statements - Click Here

Photos of the "The Eyesores" - Click Here (Updated 22 May 06)

Whitley Bay Regeneration Plans - Public Display & Consultation

Tuesday / Wednesday 28 February & 1st March 2006

North Tyneside Council will unveil the latest plans for the regeneration of the Spanish City and surrounding seafront areas at a two day public event to be held at the town's Leisure Pool.

Access available 11 am and 8 pm each day. Officers from the Council will be on hand to answer questions. Plans and artists' impressions of the latest plans will be on show.

Statement from North Tyneside Council - 13 December 2005

£60m thumbs up for Whitley Bay

North Tyneside Council on the 13 December (2005) announced a timetable for action on the regeneration of the Spanish City area of Whitley Bay.

A masterplan for the £60 million redevelopment of the area is due to go out to public engagement early in the New Year.

New works have already been carried out and the latest phase - demolishing Duncan's amusements at Spanish City - will also take place early in January along with work to re-align roads around the site.

A planning application has been submitted for an outdoor events area and family friendly venue turning Whitley Park into a state of the art playground and increasing its size. Work will start once approval has been given. (Planning Approval given 3 Jan 06)

Design work is now being completed and planning applications are due to be submitted in March and the council expects full building work to start on the site in July.

North Tyneside Council's cabinet member for regeneration Cllr Jim Allan said: "The council has a total determination to make the regeneration of Whitley Bay a reality and this timetable provides milestones for that to happen. Some demolition has already taken place but the community will start to see some real movement on the site in January and we intend to carry out full scale public engagement event in the town to ensure that residents have the chance to see what is proposed."

Anticipated outcomes for the regeneration scheme are:

- Up to £60m investment
- In the region of 300 homes
- Up to 100 new or safeguarded jobs
- Highway and environmental improvements
- New hotel and commercial accommodation
- Reconfiguration and modernisation of the existing leisure pool
- A new lease of life for the famous Dome which would become a cultural hub for arts, culture and family activities in North Tyneside with proposals for a flexible performance space.
- Flexible workshop spaces
- Offices for independent arts organisations linking in with a £5.5m investment in the Whitley Bay Playhouse
- £5.5m for a new joint service centre

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