Newcastle Great Park
Newcastle Great Park is a new suburb of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It is located in North Newcastle, some four miles north of the City Centre. Much of Newcastle Great Park is still under development and is sandwiched in between older areas of Newcastle, namely Gosforth, Fawdon and Kingston Park to the south, and Hazlerigg to the north. Newcastle Great Park is the largest housing development in the North East of England.
Development of this area, Newcastle City Council's 'Northern Development Area' had been in planning since at least 1991. In the 1990s the plans consisted of 2,500 houses and a 200-acre business and industrial development which could provide up to 10,000 jobs. Current indicative phasing shows plans for 3,300+ homes by 2030 and 4,100+ beyond 2030.
The Newcastle Great Park development is 15 years into a 30+ year building project. Estates within the Great Park include:
- Brunton Grange (phases 1, 2 & 3)
- Brunton Green
- Brunton Village
- East Moor Village
- Elmwood Park Court
- Elmwood Park Gardens
- Elmwood Park View
- Warkworth Woods
Housing is currently under development by Charles Church, Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey. Great Park town centre is under construction near Brunton Lane to the west of the A1. According to Newcastle City Council the town centre will include a supermarket, high street style shops, cafes, restaurants, a hotel, nursing home, private hospital and leisure facilities. A Londis shop, which opened on Featherstone Grove in March 2011, was the first store in the Melbury estate (this changed to a Premier Express shop known as 'The Great Park Store'), but this has since closed.
House building in Great Park started in 2001 on the Warkworth Woods development shortly followed by Melbury in 2002. The table below shows current and planned housing numbers, in date order, up to 2030:
|Development Name||Development Cell||Timescale||Number of Homes|
|Warkworth Woods||Cell H||2001–2005||175|
|Town Centre (Flats - phase 1)||Cell F||2009–2010||82|
|East Moor Village||Cell F||2009–2012||82|
|Brunton Village / Grange (phase 1)||Cell F||2010–2015||282|
|Brunton Grange (phase 2)||Cell F||2013–2019||332|
|Elmwood Park Court / View / Gardens||Cell C||2013–2020||432|
|Brunton Green / Grange (phase 3)||Cell E||2015–2019||155|
|Town Centre (Flats - phase 2)||Cell F||2016–2017||38|
Newcastle Great Park contains one first 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.
In 2015 the academy unveiled a bid to build an additional 1,200-place secondary school in Newcastle Great Park as potential plan to meet the demand for school places from the expanding residential community in the area.
The software company Sage Group has their world headquarters in Newcastle Great Park. 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 – previous occupants included the Credit Services Association and the NHS.
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
- 2 x Sports England standard football pitches
- Floodlit courts including:
- 2 x floodlit tennis courts
- Netball court
- Basketball court
- 2 x 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.
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 that is serviced by the Quaylink Q3 (to Wallsend). Arriva service 46 (linking Great Park/Brunton Park with the RVI and CAV hospitals) also operates to Featherstone Grove (Melbury) between 0630-1830. All bus services run through Gosforth to the City Centre.
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