A sustainable urban community

Just a few miles west of Newcastle City Centre, there is opportunity to transform brownfield land by the River Tyne into a thriving, sustainable urban community, with a revitalised Metrocentre at its heart.

An economic powerhouse of the region, Metrocentre contributes £900 million to the economy each year, employs 11,000 people, has excellent transport links and is one of the most sustainable destinations of its kind. Its extensive healthcare, community and workspace facilities complement the over 270 retailers, 60 hospitality options and leisure facilities at the Metrocentre.

Independent research indicates that the 2.6 million people who live within a one hour drive of Metrocentre are responsible for £13.2bn of retail spend. Its £70m investment programme is attracting high calibre tenants, driving increased footfall and occupancy. Interest in becoming part of this destination centre is welcomed.

Building on this regional draw, the MetroGreen initiative seeks to transform brownfield land around Metrocentre, providing opportunities for up to 5,000 new homes, alongside regional scale leisure, commercial space and other amenities. With a sustainable setting, and infrastructure encompassing accessible green spaces, pedestrian and cycle networks and enhanced public transport links, and providing easy access to the Metrocentre’s facilities, the River Tyne, the national transport network.

Gateshead Council and Homes England are working in partnership to facilitate the delivery of plots for development from 2029.

Size: 500 acres (Metrocentre 105 acres)
Ownership: Multiple
Uses:  Retail, Leisure, Residential, Commercial
Status: Development framework adopted in 2025, building on current programme of £70m capital investment in Metrocentre
Opportunity: Investment partnerships with Metrocentre, with the support of private and public funding