Tyne and Wear Development Corporation

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Tyne & Wear Development Corporation
Tyne & Wear Development Corporation logo.jpg
Formation 1987
Extinction 1998
Headquarters Newcastle upon Tyne
Official language
Sir Paul Nicholson
Key people
Alastair Balls

The Tyne and Wear Development Corporation (TWDC) was established in 1987 to develop land on the banks of the River Tyne and the River Wear in England. Its flagship developments included the regeneration of the East Quayside in Newcastle, Royal Quays in North Tyneside and St Peter's in Sunderland. During its lifetime 10,700,000 square feet (990,000 m2) of non-housing development and 4,550 housing units were built. Around 33,707 new jobs were created and some £1,115m of private finance was leveraged in. Circa 1,287 acres (521 ha) of derelict land was reclaimed and 24 miles (39 km) of new road and footpaths put in place.[1] The Chairman was Sir Paul Nicholson and the Chief Executive was Alastair Balls. It was dissolved in 1998.

The legacy of TWDC remains controversial within the region in particular in Sunderland where it is believed the investment in services and leisure opportunities in Newcastle where the corporation was based was not matched in the rest of the region. The Corporation also invested heavily in developing the Tyne and Wear Metro system although this did not get extended to Sunderland until after the Corporation was shut down.


  1. ^ National Audit Office report dated 27 February 2002.