The skyscraper has long been a symbol of economic and financial success and the mark of a city’s ascent to becoming a truly world class city. Discussions are currently taking place regarding the Newcastle skyline and, if developers get their way, the city could soon be getting the skyscraper treatment.
Developers are very keen to build skyscrapers in the city and the council and city leaders are currently drawing up plans and considering public consultation to determine whether this is a route that they want the city to go down.
Planners have already recently been given the go-ahead for a 26-storey residential scheme in Rutherford Street, which at 82 metres will become the city’s tallest building once it is constructed.
On the back of this development, the council has been contacted by numerous developers who want to submit plans for skyscrapers in the city and now new draft planning guidance is in the process of being drawn up for consideration.
Councillor Ged Bell, cabinet member for investment and development, said: “Newcastle is experiencing a real renaissance and our skyline is changing, and we must put the necessary frameworks in place to continue to grow our city to attract further investment.
“As a vibrant, flourishing city it’s crucial we have a diverse offer to meet the needs of our residents, our businesses and for visitors to the city.
“It’s also important that we provide clarity to investors on the type of development we want, which will give developers the confidence to bring plans forward.”