** 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.
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
- For Statement Click Here
Statement from North Tyneside - October 2007
- For Statement Click Here
Whitley Bay Leisure Pool - Regeneration to start June 17th 2007
- For Details Click Here
Work to start on Dome in the Summer (2007)
- For Details Click Here
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 - Click HereRegeneration Scheme gets go-ahead from North Tyneside Council - 19 April - Click Here
For details of the proposals and council statements - Click Here
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