Tyneside Committee

About the Tyneside Committee

Chairman – Tim Wickens

We believe Newcastle and North Tyneside’s historic architecture is a profound and visible representation of the region’s pride in its cultural identity. This unique cultural identity is envied across the UK and internationally too. Our heritage and culture has immense value in promoting our region as a standout place to live, work, experience and to attract new investors.

Our Role:

The N&N’s Tyneside Committee protects and promotes the historical built and natural environment of the City of Newcastle and North Tyneside for the enjoyment and benefit of this and future generations by:

  • Meeting each month to scrutinise planning applications that may impact upon important heritage and cultural assets and commenting accordingly;
  • Actively encouraging the renovation of existing buildings as the sustainable alternative to demolition and new construction;
  • Supporting exciting new developments that bring architectural vibrancy and diversity, potentially providing us with the listed buildings of the future that achieve synergy with our valued historic structures;
  • Actively contributing to protecting heritage through representation on the Newcastle Conservation Advisory Panel (NCAP) and Newcastle City Council’s Heritage Environment Advisory Panel (HEAP);
  • Working in collaboration with like minded partners to embed recognition and celebration of the rich built and natural heritage throughout our region;
    Proactively influencing national, regional and local planning policies and guidance.

Our values:

We believe this region deserves well designed good quality buildings whether they be for residential or business use and sustainability is at the heart of that belief.

We strongly endorse the view ‘the greenest building is the one that is already built,’ and will enthusiastically support innovative renovation schemes that bring sustainable new life to vacant or unappreciated old buildings. To advance this we actively seek to cultivate positive relationships with developers and owners of historic buildings in order to encourage good design that helps enable timely grant of planning approval.

We are not opposed to construction of new buildings however we will vigorously object to poor design and in doing so we apply our Empathy Architecture concept when considering planning applications and listed building consents.

Read our document on Empathy Architecture


We are making a difference

The Tyneside Committee is a dedicated team including those with extensive professional experience and knowledge, all sharing the same passion for the heritage of Newcastle and North Tyneside.

If you share this passion and would like to get involved we’d love to hear from you.


Examples of our current and recent work:

Protecting and promoting heritage is a diverse and challenging task, this is just a snapshot of our recent and ongoing work:

  • Advocating the concept of Empathy Architecture as the benchmark for sustainability and good design practice in submissions to Living with Beauty – national building policy making;
  • Providing enthusiastic support and unique historical material to assist in the restoration and reopening of the truly stunning 1920’s City Baths in Northumberland Road, Newcastle. www.city-baths.co.uk
  • All Saints Church, Lower Pilgrim Street – actively supporting plans that have resulted in this wonderful grade one listed building once again becoming a valued place of worship. www.allsaintspres.org.uk
  • The Cooperage, Newcastle Quayside – actively seeking dialogue with the owners of the grade one listed ‘The Cooperage’, one of Newcastle’s most significant historic buildings and currently designated as ‘heritage at risk’;
  • The Keelmens’ Hospital, Newcastle – collaborative work to identify a sustainable future for this grade two star listed ‘heritage at risk’ building;
  • Tynemouth Station, North Tyneside – engaging with developers and influencing the design of a new residential development adjacent to this vibrant and much loved Victorian building;
  • Plot 12 Newcastle Quayside – working with partners to ensure Newcastle City Council required substantial design improvements for this development;
  • Newcastle Central Station – Supporting in principle revised public access to this vital regional gateway, an outstanding grade one listed building;
  • St James’ Metro development, Strawberry Place, Newcastle – influencing redesign of buildings and public spaces;
  • Advocating effective scrutiny of emergency planning powers introduced by Newcastle City Council in response to the Covid 19 crisis;
  • Forth Yards, Newcastle – collaborative working resulting in significant design improvements, www.newby.co.uk/developments/quayside-west;
  • East Pilgrim Street – challenging the impact of this major planning application and proposing alternative design options;
  • Urban Green – partnership working to make renovation of the grade one listed Jesmond Dene Banqueting Hall a reality, www.urbangreennewcastle.org;
  • Support partners to protect the historic Spanish Battery site at Tynemouth from unsympathetic commercial development;
  • Actively petition North Tyneside Council in respect of the North Shields Fish Quay conservation area and local plan.

Planning for the Future

The Planning for the future consultation proposes reforms of the planning system to streamline and modernise the planning process, bring a new focus to design and sustainability, improve the system of developer contributions to infrastructure, and ensure more land is available for development where it is needed.

View our response to the recent Planning for the Future consultation here

See the Who’s Who page for the members of the Tyneside Committee