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Vision of town's future outlined

Artists impression of Gateshead
A tree-lined city boulevard could replace Gateshead Highway

An ambitious 20-year regeneration plan of a town on Tyneside has been given the green light by councillors.

Gateshead Council wants to improve the town's shops, create parks and provide better housing that would see more people living in the centre.

A new report on the long-term regeneration strategy of the town's urban core was passed on Tuesday.

The plans will also help the council move towards one of its long term aims of making Gateshead a City.

'Ambitious plans'

The council has spent 12 months talking to architects, designers, economists, and transport and property experts about the proposals.

It also suggests the creation of a new city park and a tree-lined boulevard to replace the existing Gateshead Highway.

Mick Henry, the leader of Gateshead Council said: "This is the roadmap for the next 20 years and our ambitious plans have the power to create a new, green and creative Gateshead centre that people will be proud of.

"Although this is looking at the very long-term picture, projects like the Angel of the North and the Sage Gateshead started out as visionary but were delivered by this council and have now become a central part of the North East landscape."

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