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Urban Design Compendium

Case Study 007 - Regional Coordination

007 - Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent Joint Core Strategy 

The Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent’s adopted Joint Core Strategy incorporates design thinking and understanding of places into strategic policy. The authorities adopted cooperative, cross-boundary working to tell the story of their relationship to one another through a detailed spatial portrait of the characteristics of the area.

The Core Strategy tells people what the places within the subregion are like and how they differ. It covers a range of topics including the social, physical and economic qualities of the place that are closely interlinked and communicated through a series of spatial maps, plans and diagrams.

Through the joint approach it has become clear that the subregion is not simply two competing towns, but a network of smaller owns/neighbourhoods and distinctive centres. Analysis of the qualities and issues of each place underpins an agenda for economic growth at the sub-regional level.

The process has also helped the councils to develop an understanding that higher quality places will be the driver for attracting investment to Newcastle and Stoke. As a result, the demand for quality design has been embedded throughout the Core Strategy at a range of scales.

The Core Strategy is a good example of collaborative working by the two local authorities to deliver a shared vision and a subregional spatial planning document that has a key role in the coordination and delivery of strategies throughout the area.


UDC2 Section - Sowing the Seed

Recognising the polycentric nature of the region helped to inform distinct and complementary development strategies for each of the strategic centres

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