Newcastle Great Park

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Newcastle Great Park
Newcastle Great Park is located in Tyne and Wear
Newcastle Great Park
Newcastle Great Park
 Newcastle Great Park shown within Tyne and Wear
OS grid reference NZ22853
Metropolitan borough Newcastle upon Tyne
Metropolitan county Tyne and Wear
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Postcode district NE3 & NE13
Dialling code 0191
Police Northumbria
Fire Tyne and Wear
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
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UK
England
Tyne and Wear

Coordinates: 55°01′55″N 1°38′38″W / 55.032°N 1.644°W / 55.032; -1.644

Newcastle Great Park is an area of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, situated to the north of the city centre. Much of Newcastle Great Park is still under development and has grown out of the north-west sides of Gosforth, Fawdon and Kingston Park.

History[edit]

Development of this area, Newcastle City Council's 'Northern Development Area' had been in planning since at least 1991.[1] In the 1990s the plans consisted of 2500 houses and a 200 acre business and industrial development which could provide up to 10000 jobs.[1][2]

Development[edit]

The Newcastle Great Park development is nine years into a ten to fifteen-year building project. Estates within the Great Park include Brunton Grange, Brunton Village, East Moor Village, Elmwood Park Court, Elmwood Park View, Greenside, Melbury and Warkworth Woods. Housing properties are currently under development by Charles Church, Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey.

Great Park village centre is currently under development along Brunton Lane. According to consultation with Great Park residents at local meetings, the village will comprise a nursing home, private hospital, hotel, superstore, community centre and public house. A Londis shop, which opened on Featherstone Grove in March 2011, was the first store in the Melbury estate - this is now a Premier Express shop known as 'The Great Park Store'.

Education[edit]

Newcastle Great Park contains one primary 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.[3]

Business[edit]

The software company Sage Group has their world headquarters in Newcastle Great Park.[4] Sage Group's building, named North Park, was one of the first occupants of Newcastle Great Park. Esh Plaza is a development currently consisting of two buildings and is partly used by Credit Services Association and the NHS.[5][6]

Community[edit]

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 main hall that can seat up to 100 people
  • The main hall can be split into 3 smaller spaces
  • Meeting room for up to 14 people
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Floodlit courts including:
  • 2 floodlit tennis courts
  • Netball court
  • Basketball court
  • 2 5-a-side pitches

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.[7]

Transport[edit]

Newcastle Great Park is situated on the A1 road in North Newcastle. The closest Tyne and Wear Metro stations are within Kingston Park and Gosforth. Newcastle Great Park has a park and ride car park and bus services with regular services through Gosforth to the City Centre.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Newsletter 3, Newcastle Action Group to Save the Green Belt, November 1993 
  2. ^ Northern Development Area Bulletin No 1, 25 March 1998 
  3. ^ "Brunton First School". Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Contact us". Sage Group. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Contact CSA". Credit Services Association. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bevan House directions". NHS North of Tyne. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Great Park Community Centre". Retrieved 28 August 2014. 

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