East Boldon Neighbourhood Forum

Welcome to our website! Our Neighbourhood Plan is complete and following the referendum in October 2021 has been adopted by South Tyneside Council.

However, the Forum’s work continues, our next open meeting will take place in the Scout Hut on Monday 20 June 2022 at 7:30pm.

South Tyneside Council Release Local Plan

You may be aware that South Tyneside Council has now published its draft Local Plan on its website – you can view the details here: https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/75608/About-the-Local-Plan

The draft Local Plan is an extremely detailed document and it will take us some time to conduct a full review and prepare a response. However, probably the main area of concern is the proposal to develop three sites for a total of 446 new houses within the green belt. These are:  

– Land at North Farm – 263 houses. Only the field to the west of the footpath is proposed.

– Former MoD site – 120 houses

– Land south of St John’s Terrace and Natley Avenue – 63 houses

This is in addition to the 196 houses proposed at Cleadon Lane.

This clearly breaches the policies contained in our Neighbourhood Plan, which was only adopted by the Council last October. The incursion into the green belt is due in at least part to the impact of South Tyneside Council’s failure to meet the government’s housing delivery test. This has a significant impact on the development of new housing across the whole Borough, and we have written to our MP, Kate Osborne, asking her to take up this issue with the government.

Lichfields, acting on behalf of Avant Homes, have updated their planning application to build on Cleadon Lane Industrial Estate. They have reduced the number from 245 to 196. Full details of the application are available by searching for ST/1109/21/FUL on the Council’s website at http://planning.southtyneside.info/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/ApplicationSearch.aspx. Revised documentation is headed ‘Additional Information’ or ‘Amended’.

Cleadon Lane Industrial Estate
Cleadon Lane Industrial Estate


Click here for information on the Community Actions which were included in the Neighbourhood Plan and please let us know if you have any ideas about them or you’d like to help.


If you have any questions about the Forum or the Neighbourhood Plan please leave a message on the website or send a text to 07435373879. Please remember to provide some contact details.

For a quick overview of the policies in the Plan please see this page or click here to read the full plan.

Statutory information about the referendum is on the Council’s website.


Progress Timeline:

The Forum has been active since 2016. We have created a visual timeline to show the progress which has been achieved since the idea of a Neighbourhood Forum for East Boldon was first suggested in November 2016. Please click to see more details.

We will add more information and links to support each of the items on the timeline as they become available.

Neighbourhood Forums have a legal standing and allow residents to influence (but not prevent) future development in their area. The East Boldon Neighbourhood Forum was designated by South Tyneside Council in January 2018. Since then, the Forum has been working on the development of a Neighbourhood Plan which will be subject to a referendum later in 2021.

Funding, Independence and Membership

The Forum is an independent body mainly funded by Government grants which are specifically available to support the development of Neighbourhood Plans across the country. It does not support and is not linked to or supported by any political party.

It is required to work with interested stakeholders and consequently will continue to work with Council representatives and Councillors to ensure the delivery of a Neighbourhood Plan for East Boldon.

Anyone over the age of 16 who lives, works or is an elected councillor in the Forum area (which includes elements of the Cleadon / East Boldon and West Boldon / Boldon Colliery council wards) is entitled to become a member of the Forum. If you’d like to join the Forum, please complete the application form and we’ll get in touch with you.


A selection of previous posts:

Grey Horse From West

Nominate your favourite buildings and sites for our ‘Local List’

Nominate your favourite buildings and sites for our ‘Local List’. Closing date: June 15th 2022. Communities across Gateshead, Newcastle and South Tyneside are invited to nominate locally important sites for a new Local Heritage List. The three councils are working together to update their Local Lists of buildings, structures and places that are recognised as being important heritage assets, even if they don’t meet the criteria for national listing by Historic England. Assets included in a Local List are given special consideration in the planning process.
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March 2022 Newsletter

Thank you to everyone who supported the Council’s consultation on the “Submission Draft” of our plan. More details are available here but that’s not all that’s been happening!
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For more details on the Forum please see the About Us or Forum Facts pages.

If you wish to contact us for any reason please leave your details on the Contact Us page.

Forum Officers

All members of the Forum are volunteers from the local community, the current elected Officials are:

Kirstin RichardsonChair
Roy WilburnVice Chair
Dave HutchinsonSecretary
Grahame TobinTreasurer

Photographs courtesy of Phil Payne