See how we’re delivering activity across five key areas: regional vision, planning, enabling development, infrastructure and inward investment.

Ensuring a bright future for the North East

There’s a great opportunity for the North East to build on recent growth, drive forward new development and become a more prosperous region.

But securing improvements to the places where we live, work and play requires a fundamental change in how private and public sector organisations across the North East work together.

We crucially need to unlock barriers to development, create the right conditions for growth, attract inward investment and enable the delivery of new homes, offices and infrastructure for the businesses and residents of the North East.

Consensus through collaboration

This can only be achieved through strong collaboration across the region, better communication between public and private sector organisations, and through building a full dialogue on the topics that matter. 

A joined-up approach to planning and development will enable us to make the most of what we have and deliver the economic assets and infrastructure that will secure the brightest future for our region.

The latest from Developing Consensus

45 pavement cafe seating areas created in #Newcastle ahead of hospitality reopening.

Excellent work from all involved and particularly to our resilient hospitality businesses that we hope see the fruits of their hard labour in the months to come.

Forty-five new pavement cafe seating areas created ahead of Newcastle hospitality trade reopening: #economicrecovery #covidcompliance

Why cities will be our main job creators post-covid.

Interesting article from @CentreforCities. Cities have been unemployment hotspots during the pandemic, but they could also be the key to our recovery.

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#city #towncentre

@NGinitiative's webinar series continues with next week's session focusing on a safe return to the office. This is an chance for employers to hear from city leaders & experts on the practicalities of getting employees back to work responsibly. Register at:

Interesting blog from @SmartCitiesW Editor Graeme Neill, looking at how the pandemic has strongly underlined the value of smart cities.

Read the piece here:

#smartcities #infrastructure

Port of Tyne has signed its option agreement with Dogger Bank Wind Farm and development to build the operations and maintenance base of the world’s largest offshore #windfarm is underway.

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Getting the numbers all wrong?

Getting the numbers all wrong?

A blog by Mark Ketley, Director of BH Planning and Design Following the introduction of a raft of changes to permitted development legislation last year aimed at keeping the economy moving during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government published two consultation...