South Shields’ new-look town centre could include a paved plaza, library and state of the art media hub to create ‘a sense of belonging’, designers have said.
South Tyneside Council, in partnership with Muse Developments, hope a £100m plan will change the face of the town.
A public consultation where plans will be made available for the first time will take place on Thursday June 5 and Saturday June 7 at the central library in Prince George Square.
David Wells, Development Director at Muse Developments, said: “The sense of community is second to none and the new library and transformation of the Market Place will provide excellent platforms on which the community can thrive.
“The space will be mixed use with new retail opportunities as well as cultural and learning spaces with facilities for community groups and organisations of all ages to enjoy.”
Travel and leisure will also form part of the plan which will take ten years to complete.
“Now that the first phases of the plans are nearing completion and we move towards submitting planning applications, we’re about to make the first steps to ensure that our town’s potential is realised,” said South Tyneside Council leader Iain Malcolm.
“Our vision for South Shields town centre is to make it a place of year-round cultural, leisure and retail activity for residents, businesses and visitors.
“We recognise the need to offer an experience that people cannot get on the Internet or at out-of-town retail parks.”
The first stage of the plans includes a new library and a digital media centre.
He said there would be better transport links from the town centre to other areas in the district.
David Wells added how there would be better links between the town centre, Foreshore and the Riverside areas.
He said: “Collectively these three areas provide a broad and exciting offer of commercial, leisure, cultural and retail opportunities for residents, visitors and businesses.
“This mix gives South Shields a unique offer, unrivalled amongst other coastal towns of a similar size in the North East, and these plans will capitalise on that.
“We’re excited to welcome people to the consultation next week and look forward to hearing what the community thinks about the plans so far.”
Funding for the project is to be secured through private finance and a range of grants.