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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.

The Forum’s work continues and details of the next open meeting for members will be posted here when arranged.

Have Your Say – Regulation 19 Consultation Underway

The Regulation 19 consultation on the latest version of the Council’s Local Plan is underway and runs until 3 Mach 2024. Please see the Forum’s views on the plan.

On 22 December 2023 South Tyneside Council published a report which will be discussed at the Cabinet meeting on 3 January 2024 outlining the latest version of their Local Plan.

More details are available here.


Other recent activity and news includes:

  • Council Consultation on Local Plan
    South Tyneside Council have published the latest draft Local Plan and will hold a public consultation event in East Boldon Junior School on Tuesday, 16 January 6:00 – 8:00pm. This is your opportunity to learn more about the new plan.
  • Council Cabinet to Discuss New Local Plan on 3 January 2024
    A new draft Local Plan will be put before South Tyneside Council’s Cabinet in the New Year. Members will be asked to approve the updated blueprint for development in the Borough, so that further public consultation can begin. The Local Plan will provide a framework for where new homes, businesses, shops and leisure facilities will be built up until 2040, and ensure that the right infrastructure, such as roads and schools, is in place to support growth. The latest ‘Regulation 19’ publication draft is one of several formal stages that a Local Plan must pass, prior to adoption by the council.
  • Ward Boundary Review
    The Local Boundary Commission for England are reviewing the ward structure in South Tyneside with a consultation which is open until 11 December 2023. Their latest proposal splits the existing Cleadon and East Boldon ward into two.
  • South Tyneside Council Update Local Development Scheme
    More information on the timetable for the next version of the council’s Local Plan
  • Development of former Dove’s and Watson Tool Hire site
    Members of the Forum Executive and a senior representative of East Boldon Developments met on 21 September to discuss the company’s plan for the future use of their Station Approach premises, formerly occupied by Doves and Watson Tool Hire, and the role of the Neighbourhood Forum.

Forum re-designation

The Forum has successfully applied to South Tyneside Council for re-designation as a Neighbourhood Forum, this was confirmed at a cabinet meeting on 4 January 2023.


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.


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:

Council Consultation on Local Plan

South Tyneside Council have published the latest draft Local Plan and will hold a public consultation event in East Boldon Junior School on Tuesday, 16 January 6:00 – 8:00pm. This is your opportunity to learn more about the new plan.
Read More

Council Cabinet to Discuss New Local Plan on 3 January 2024

A new draft Local Plan will be put before South Tyneside Council’s Cabinet in the New Year. Members will be asked to approve the updated blueprint for development in the Borough, so that further public consultation can begin. The Local Plan will provide a framework for where new homes, businesses, shops and leisure facilities will be built up until 2040, and ensure that the right infrastructure, such as roads and schools, is in place to support growth. The latest ‘Regulation 19’ publication draft is one of several formal stages that a Local Plan must pass, prior to adoption by the council.
Read More
Boundary Review

Ward Boundary Review

The Local Boundary Commission for England are reviewing the ward structure in South Tyneside with a consultation which is open until 11 December 2023. Their latest proposal splits the existing Cleadon and East Boldon ward into two.
Read More

Development of former Dove’s and Watson Tool Hire site

Members of the Forum Executive and a senior representative of East Boldon Developments met on 21 September to discuss the company’s plan for the future use of their Station Approach premises, formerly occupied by Doves and Watson Tool Hire, and the role of the Neighbourhood Forum.
Read More

South Tyneside Council’s Heritage Assets Documentation – The Local List

For some time the Forum has considered that the Council’s Heritage Assets reference documents, including the “Local List”, were out of date and in need of review.  Following consultation the Forum submitted 12 new nominations to be assessed for suitability by an expert panel of independent judges. STC have recently advised that 9 of the 12 new nominations put forward by the Forum, have been accepted by the judging panel.
Read More

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