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                                                      REPORT TO CABINET
                                                      20 June 2006


TITLE OF REPORT:          Single Programme – New Projects

REPORT OF:                Derek Quinn, Group Director Development and Enterprise


     Purpose of the Report

1.   This report seeks the Cabinet’s endorsement of the actions of the TyneWear
     Partnership in approving one new project.

2.   At its meeting on 14 September 2004, Cabinet approved the Implementation Plan,
     including a package of proposals, for submission to TyneWear Partnership for
     Single Programme funds over a three year period from 2005 to 2008. At it’s
     meeting on 18 May 2006 the TyneWear Partnership (Project Assessment Group)
     approved one new project, details of which are outlined below and in Appendix 2.

        Baltic Business Quarter – Town Centre Link, Design Fees

     Background

3.   The Implementation Plan for the Single Programme scheme has been approved by
     the Gateshead Strategic Partnership. Particular outputs and outcomes must be met
     and the project proposed is designed to contribute to the overall programme.

     Proposal

     Baltic Business Quarter – Town Centre Link, Design Fees

4.   Baltic Business Quarter is a 55-acre site, which will be home to the Design Centre
     for the North (planning permission granted on 5 April 2006), and will attract between
     5,000 and 7,000 new jobs to the area when complete.

5.   The first phase of Baltic Business Quarter, the construction of 3 office blocks, is to
     begin in July 2006, having received planning permission in March 2006.

6.   This site is directly adjacent to the location of the new Gateshead College, which is
     currently under construction and will service up to 15,000 full and part time
     students. Completion of the college is predicted for November 2007 with occupation
     in January 2008.

7.   The most direct route from Gateshead Town Centre to the Baltic Business Quarter
     and Gateshead College will be through Coulthards Lane. This route is currently
     unsuitable to cater for the anticipated increase in pedestrian traffic, due to the
     narrow footpaths, inadequate lighting and poor drainage under the railway arch.



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8.    This project aims to a design a public realm scheme for the length of Coulthards
      Lane between East Street and Quarryfield Road, to include:

         possible pedestrianisation of part of the route, or the possibility of introducing a
          bus only restriction.
         Introduction of a cycle lane
         replacement and redesign of all of the footways (& carriageways)
         landscaping of the unused areas
         replacement lighting and drainage under the railway bridge

9.    The new design will reflect the importance of Coulthards Lane as the main
      pedestrian thoroughfare between Baltic Business Quarter/Gateshead College site
      and Gateshead Town Centre. It is intended to make Coulthards Lane a brighter
      more attractive route for students and employees of both Gateshead College and
      Baltic Business Quarter, and attract them into the town centre.

10.   This scheme will be financed jointly by Single Programme and Local Transport
      Plan.

      Costs                        2006/7             Total

      Single Programme             5,000              5,000
      Local Transport Plan         5,000              5,000
                                                      10,000

      Recommendations

11.   It is recommended that Cabinet endorse the actions of the TyneWear Partnership in
      approving expenditure on the project outlined above.

      For the following reason:

      The project outlined will contribute to the overall strategies of the TyneWear
      Partnership and to the overall outputs and outcomes for the Central Gateshead
      Implementation Plan.




CONTACT: Gary Watts extension 2140                                    PLAN REF: 217




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                                                                     APPENDIX 1


     Policy Context

1.   The project outlined above will contribute to the Central Gateshead
     Implementation Plan 2005/08 for the Single Programme scheme and was
     approved by the TyneWear Partnership (Project Assessment Group) at its
     meeting on 18 May 2006. The proposal will also support the following policy
     areas defined in the Council’s Towards 2010 document:

        Employment and Economy – Local people who have the skills and
         opportunities to access rewarding jobs in the public, private and
         voluntary sectors in and around Gateshead; more businesses
         locating, forming and growing in Gateshead.
         The scheme will provide a design, which will make this a far more
         attractive route to use, and therefore encourage employers to the Baltic
         Business Quarter as an easily accessible location. It will also encourage
         the employees of the Baltic Business Quarter and Gateshead College
         students into Gateshead Town Centre, which in turn will boost the
         economy of the Town Centre.

        Lifelong Learning – Local people who learn throughout their lives
         and have the life skills to realise their full potential as individuals
         and active citizens.
         The relocation of Gateshead College will make it more accessible than
         the previous site. Improved pedestrian links will also contribute towards
         an increased intake of further education students.

        Community Safety – Local people living in a safe, fear-free and
         tolerant community.
         The suggested improvements to this location, the main pedestrian link
         between Gateshead College, Baltic Business Quarter, and Gateshead
         Town Centre, in particular the lighting, will make this route far less
         intimidating and more appealing to potential users.

        Transport – Local people and businesses who have easy access to
         integrated, safe and affordable transport which supports economic
         growth and balances the needs of all users in a responsible way.
         This scheme will produce a designed recommendation, which will take
         into account all of the transport options including the possibility of
         pedestrianising part of the route, introducing a bus only restriction and/or
         a cycle lane.

        Environment – Communities who live in and contribute to a clean,
         pollution free, attractive and sustainable environment.
         The implementation of this scheme will eventually see major
         improvements to the immediate environment in the form of renewed
         public realm for the length of Coulthards Lane between East Street and
         Quarryfield Road as well as landscaping of the current unkempt grassed
         areas.


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      Background

2.    The Implementation Plan for the Single Programme scheme has been approved by
      the Gateshead Strategic Partnership. Particular outputs and outcomes must be met
      and the project proposed is designed to contribute to the overall programme.

      Consultation

3.    The TyneWear Partnership (Project Assessment Group) has approved the proposal
      and the Single Programme allocation. The Cabinet Members for Corporate Vitality,
      Employment and Economy, Culture, Community Safety, Transport, Environment
      and the relevant ward members have been consulted.

4.    Alternative Options

      Alternative options must be considered as part of the appraisal process for
      individual projects. Following this appraisal, it was considered that the project
      proposed is the best option.

      Implications of Recommended Options

5.    Financial Implications – The Strategic Director, Finance and ICT confirms that the
      cost of the works can be accommodated from available resources within the Capital
      Programme.

6.    Risk Management Implications – None

7.    Human Resources Implications – None

8.    Equality and Diversity Implications – None

9.    Crime and Disorder Implications – None

10.   Sustainability Implications – the Councils Transport and Highways Service will
      adopt any new public realm.

11.   Human Rights Implications – None

12.   Ward Implications – Bridges

      Background Information

13.   Full details of the project are outlined in the minutes of the TyneWear Partnership
      (Project Assessment Group) meeting held on 18 May 2006.




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