Our Great City
Our Newcastle is a great city, one that never stands still.
Our city is growing, with 21,000 new homes and 14,000 new jobs expected by 2030. In fact, we’re one of the fastest growing cities in the UK. Newcastle, and the surrounding region, is projected to have a population of almost 2.75 million by 2030.
Despite the global economic challenges, we’ve got bold plans and we’ve already started to deliver them.
We’ve got a plan to make our city centre better than ever. New business districts, enhancing our retail offer, new jobs, new homes and new connections.
Almost £400 million has been invested in our city centre Accelerated Development Zones by public and private sectors – in building, homes, public spaces, transport and infrastructure fit for a modern, smart economy.
We have a housing offer that is diverse, competitive and enticing – with a range of sizes, designs and prices to meet the demands and inspirations of existing residents as we all attracting those thinking of moving to the city. The net number of new homes delivered in 2017-18 was 1,100 – that’s the highest for more than three decades in Newcastle.
We’ve crafted a devolution deal for our city and now we’re focussed on fresh investment, new skills and brighter opportunities. Ultimately, devolution means a transfer of powers from Whitehall to the North of Tyne, with an investment fund of £20 million a year for 30 years.
Perhaps the biggest opportunity in devolution is for us to focus on people, education and skills. People are fundamental to our city’s future and we will use devolution to invest in their education and skills to drive productivity.
As with other cities, we know that there are still too many people finding it hard to get by. Too many who have yet to see the quality of life improve. We’re working hard to improve that. If we work to stamp out poverty and tear down the barriers that are holding our people back, we know we will all feel the benefit.
Newcastle is a friendly city, renowned for its welcoming, warm Geordie spirit. We were officially recognised as a City of Sanctuary in 2014 and we are proud of our reputation as a friendly city that welcomes people fleeing persecution. This welcoming spirit was also one of the reasons why were listed as the number one place to visit in 2018 by the Rough Guide.
This is our vision for the city and this document sets out how we will work towards this in 2018-19.
For our city, the mark of our future success is not the riches of a few, but the better future of the many.
This is our Newcastle.
What makes Newcastle unique?
- We are a growing city: There are approximately 293,700 people living in Newcastle, up from 289,800 in 2014. This is forecast to grow to be as much as 327,000 by 2039. There are 10,750 businesses based in Newcastle, up from 6,680 in 2014.
- We are a young city: 59,700 people (20.3% of the population) are aged 15-24 years old – this unusually high proportion reflects the number of students living in the city. 42,300 (14.4% of the population) are aged 65 and over. Nearly 50,000 students are enrolled at our two universities.
- We are a diverse city: 13.4% were born outside of the UK and 5.9% of households have no people who have English as their main language. We are a City of Sanctuary, welcoming people who have sought sanctuary for many years.
- We are a city with mixed wellbeing: 79.6% of people report their health to the very good or good. 18.7% have a long-term health problem or disability that limits their day-to-day life to some degree.
- We are a city with areas of significant deprivation: Newcastle’s people currently live in the 53rd (out of 326) most deprived local authority area in the country, an improvement from 40th in 2010. While 23% of people in Newcastle live in the 10% most deprived areas nationally, around 12% live in the 10% least deprived areas nationally. 57% of 0-4 year olds and 55% of 5-14 year olds live in the 30% most deprived areas in England. There are 56,619 children and young people, over 2,500 children are supported by Children’s Social Care and 9,283 (23.2%) are eligible for Free School Meals.
- We are a city with mixed qualification levels: 35.4% of young people achieved ‘good’ GCSE’s (grades 5-9) in 2017, below the England average of 42.6%. 9% of people aged 16-64 in Newcastle have no qualifications, this compares with 9.6% in the North East and 7.7% for Great Britain.
- We are a city where unemployment has reduced significantly but it remains too high: The unemployment rate has fallen to 6.9%, down from double-digit levels three years ago. However, this still means 10,100 residents are unemployed, and the rate in Newcastle remains significantly above the national average of 4.8%. Employment levels differ between age groups; 36.4% of people aged 16-24 are employed, 75.7% of people aged 25-49 are employed, 43.3% of people aged 50 and over are employed. 6.8% of young people are not in education, employment or training, lower than the England average of 7.1%. 18.4% jobs are not paid the National Living Wage, down from 21.1% in 2016. The average weekly wage of people who live in Newcastle has increased from £484.00 in 2014 to £535.50 in 2017 but remains lower than the UK average of £552.70.
- We are a city with a variety of housing options: There are over 131,000 occupied households in Newcastle. There are a higher proportion of flats and a lower proportion of detached properties compared to England and Wales. Approximately nearly 50,000 of these households own their own property, over 6,000 rent from a housing association and over 19,000 rent from a private landlord. Our arm’s length management organisation, Your Homes Newcastle (YHN), manages nearly 26,000 homes.
- We are a green city: There are 3,700 streets covering 12 million square metres, 1,000km of roads and 2,000km of pavements. 55% of the city is green space and 89% of people live within 300m of public green space. 57.9% of residents use a park or green space once a month. 76% of residents are satisfied with their local area.