A project plan has been prepared for the Newcastle City Council’s next round of council planning and development, which will see a new development planned for the area around the former Newcastle Town Centre.
The new development is expected to include a new public park, a new leisure centre and an outdoor gym.
The project will involve the purchase of the site at the intersection of King Street and South Street from the former City Council, which is now known as City Hall.
It is hoped the new development will be completed by the end of the year, but that a final design and other details are still to be finalised.
A number of issues remain to be ironed out, including whether the existing council buildings can be retained, whether a new plaza and plaza entrance can be constructed and if a large amount of the existing public space can be utilised for a new community gathering place.
Newcastle’s new council plan will see the area redeveloped into a community centre, public park and leisure centre, with a number of spaces to accommodate both private and public events.
City Council said the project was a priority and the new plan will be a blueprint for success.
“The council is committed to creating a great community park, leisure centre to support our city’s thriving community of people, and a new open space to be used by people of all ages and walks of life,” said Councillor Mike Jones.
“Newcastle City Council is proud to be a leading developer of open space in Newcastle and the plan for the future is a blueprint to transform the site.”
It is understood that the project is still in the planning stages, and the final design will be final in December.