More details have been released on a £10m scheme to transform Newcastle Racecourse.
As the proposals go out to public consultation, racecourse owners have revealed plans for the wider Gosforth Park estate, as well as an already-announced scheme to introduce an all-weather track at the racecourse that could see Newcastle hosting world-class racing.
Arena Racing Company say the scheme would include a new glazed tiered restaurant overlooking the course, as well as work to enhance the heritage assets of High Gosforth Park Estate, including restoration of aspects of the walled gardens and preservation of an historic ice house.
Racecourse executive director David Williamson said: “At Newcastle Racecourse we pride ourselves on our links with the community.
“This consultation will give our neighbours access to all the necessary information and help us to listen to their views.
“High Gosforth Park has been the home of Newcastle racing for 120 years, so naturally we are excited to announce that the investment will enhance the rich heritage of the estate, as well as drawing further investment into the city and creating local jobs.” The company’s proposals include a comprehensive estate management plan which will create new wildlife habitats, improve public access and secure the future of Gosforth Park Nature Reserve.
Those benefits will be funded by building 14 new family homes within the confines of the walled gardens. The company is working closely with experts from Durham University and Woodhall Planning and Conservation to ensure that the heritage value of the site is enhanced.
A leaflet including information about the proposals will be delivered to over 4,500 homes in the area around the racecourse from today. Public exhibitions about the plans will also take place at the racecourse on January 17 from 2pm to 7pm, and at Trinity Church on Gosforth High Street on January 18 from 10am to 2pm.
Arena Racing Company is planning to build an all-weather track that will enable the course to host the prestigious international ARC All-Weather Championships, which culminates in a £1m race day.
The plans would see some of the best horses and jockeys in the world come to Newcastle, showcasing the city to a global TV audience of millions, creating jobs and attracting visitors and investment.
Racecourse bosses have said that the famous Northumberland Plate race will stay on turf by using the jumps course but other Flat fixtures will be moved to the all-weather.
A website outlining details of the project has now been launched and can be found at www.future4newcastleracecourse.co.uk , while a community information line is available from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday on 0844 556 3002.
The consultation closes on January 24 and a planning application will be submitted to Newcastle City Council before the end of the month.