Newcastle City Council
Newcastle City Council’s planning department has
been instrumental in the development of play across Newcastle, with
a thorough understanding of how all aspects of urban design need to
be considered to ensure children and communities have accessible,
interesting play spaces.
Prior to the current national initiatives around play, Newcastle
had developed a core group of partners to look at developing a Play
Strategy, Supplementary Planning Guidelines and a ‘design code’ for
play spaces, for inclusion in the Local Development Framework.
This embryonic ‘Play Partnership’ was instigated and initially
driven by the planning department, with additional members being
invited as the group progressed.
The Newcastle Play Partnership has grown to encompass a wider
range of partners and stakeholders, but the planning department has
remained a member and continues to have a high level of input into
the strategic planning of play.
The Partnership values the input of the planners, as all
partners recognise the importance of placing play space development
within the context of the strategic urban and social development of
As stated in their Play Strategy: ‘Quality play provision has
the potential to signiﬁcantly improve social inclusion and promote
social and community development’.
For further information contact: Newcastle Play Service or visit
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