DPP Newcastle wish a very happy new year to all our clients and colleagues

2019 was an exceptionally busy year for DPP’s Newcastle office and we continue into an exciting 2020 at the same pace.

Last year, our team were delighted to work across a range of projects with you all. With a combined value of over £410 million, our schemes will deliver 165,600sqm of office and commercial floorspace, 1,670 new homes and almost 29,000 square metres of education space for the North East region.

These developments are projected to provide 3,448 new and permanent jobs (plus 1,783 direct and indirect temporary jobs over the construction period) and £2.7 million in annual Council Tax payments.  Once occupied, our residential developments will have a combined annual household expenditure of almost £36.5 million.

Quayside West. Image courtesy of FaulknerBrowns Architects

Planning Permissions

Our exciting projects sit across a range of sectors and showcase the versatility and breadth of experience of the team.

We were absolutely thrilled that 2019 culminated in planning success for the iconic Brett Wharf development on Gateshead’s Quayside.  The residential-led, mixed use development was approved at planning committee on 18th December.

With a development value of £35 million, the approved Brett Wharf scheme will transform this part of the Gateshead Quayside, supporting the ongoing regeneration and transformation of the skyline along the River Tyne and establishing a vibrant new place to live and work.  Once complete, Brett Wharf will deliver two buildings providing 269 residential apartments, with ground floor office and commercial areas as well as parking and new public realm, opening up the currently inaccessible riverside to provide stunning views across the river and the city’s landmark bridges.

Brett Wharf, courtesy of FaulknerBrowns Architects

Other key schemes on which we were particularly thrilled to secure planning permission for, or make representations towards for our clients last year include:

Forrest Park, Newton Aycliffe£69.8m development value, circa 163,000sqm employment space, 96 direct and 75 indirect construction jobs, approximately 3,132 FTE new jobs once operational, and circa £83m per annum to the local economy.

Berwick Leisure Centre, Northumberland£20m investment, 6,380sqm internal floorspace, 7,300sqm all-weather pitch, and 91 direct and 137 indirect construction jobs.

Durham University Infrastructure Improvements, Durham City  – £8m direct investment.

Mo Mowlam Academy, Redcar100 school children (30 primary and 70 secondary) with social, emotional and mental health needs, 2,583sqm internal floorspace, 208sqm outdoor learning space, play space, and 74 direct and 112 indirect construction jobs.

County Durham Plan Examination in Public – On behalf of a number of clients, the Newcastle team attended and reported on all 14 County Durham Plan examination hearing sessions over 6 weeks.

Residential developments – including at: Nanny Marr Road, Darfield; The Acorns, Spennymoor; Avenue Vivian, Sunderland; and Hexham Road, Throckley.

Darlington Fire Station, Darlington – £2.99m direct investment, continued employment opportunities (82 FTE jobs), and 41 direct and 37 indirect construction jobs.

Berwick Leisure Centre, courtesy of GT3 Architects & Advance Northumberland

Buildings Commenced On Site

In addition to completed projects, we also retained involvement throughout the post decision process and saw some of our landmark projects commence on site in 2019. Some of these iconic buildings are completely changing the skyline for the better in the North East, showcasing our region as a thriving, forward thinking place to live and work and include Hadrian’s Tower in Newcastle, Phase 1 of Milburngate in Durham and Durham University’s Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building at Upper Mountjoy.

Images clockwise l-r Hadrian’s Tower & Milburngate courtesy of Tolent Construction,  Durham University Maths & Computer Science & view from the top of Hadrian’s Tower

Buildings Completed and Opened

We were delighted to see several of our projects complete on site this year and open for business.  Notably Durham University’s Teaching and Learning Centre and Maiden Castle Sports Centre are operational and are now making a significant contribution to the University’s Estate, teaching and sporting offer, in addition to the huge public benefits they bring to Durham City and the wider North East.

DPP’s involvement in these projects extended beyond securing the planning permission, to include post-decision work including discharging planning conditions and obtaining necessary amendments to the schemes as projects evolve.

Images courtsey of FaulknerBrowns Architects

RTPI Young Planners Conference – Newcastle 2019

Nicola Crowley and Lee Fulcher sit on the North East Young Planners Committee and this year both played a pivotal role in the organisation of the hugely successful Young Planners Conference 2019, which was held in Newcastle in early November – Nicola even made an appearance on the front cover of the Planner Magazine!

The theme of the conference was ‘A Sense of Place: Planning and Identity’ and was attended by 350 delegates from across the UK and abroad.  The two-day conference included a range of sessions, workshops and study tours given by high profile speakers from across the UK.

The conference provided a great opportunity to showcase the North East and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from both attendees and Ian Tant, the President of the RTPI.  The event also provided a great opportunity to network with like-minded young professionals from across the profession as well as learning about and engaging on current topics affecting the industry


2019 has also been a successful year for the team personally, with Jo Robison appointed to the Board of Directors, Jen Patterson promoted to Principal Planner and Nicola Crowley promoted to Senior Planner. We also welcomed Kayleigh Dixon back from maternity leave in the summer.

Special congratulations go to Lauren Hunter, for completing her Masters in Urban Planning (Regeneration Pathway) from Newcastle University with a Merit. She is now working towards full membership of the RTPI.


2020 is already shaping up to be an equally busy and exciting year!  Key projects we are progressing into the new year include the planning application for Morpeth Community & Leisure Centre which was recently submitted to Northumberland County Council, together with various education, leisure, mixed-use, residential and student residential projects across the region.

We also hope to get an early 2020 decision on the exciting redevelopment of the former Calders site in Newcastle. ‘Quayside West’ will deliver 1200 new homes, a hotel and a range of commercial and leisure uses with delivery of the development to commence quickly post decision. The application for Aykley Heads new Business Quarter of Durham will also be submitted in 2020.

The success of these projects is in no way down to one individual; it is testament to the brilliant teams and great individuals that we value working with. We very much look forward to working alongside you all in the crucial and exciting roles we play in shaping the future of the North East region.

Image: Morpeth Leisure and Community Centre, Courtesy of GT3 Architects & Advance Northumberland