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Connecting Northgate

The Northgate Conservation Area is an important part of the Stockton and Darlington Railway Heritage Action Zone. It includes a number of significant historic buildings and also connects the town centre with Hopetown Darlington [external link].

We want to develop proposals to create an attractive environment to connect the town centre and the Railway Heritage Quarter HQ using both existing and new riverside routes, whilst enhancing the wonderful heritage along the way.

TheNorthgate Urban Design Framework (UDF) & Masterplan[document opens in new tab] has been developed to assist in establishing design principles and informing concept proposals. The documents have been developed through a process of desktop and site analysis, mapping, urban characterisation and signposting best practice. The design principles have been progressed to a Masterplan via a process of co-design and collaboration. The report will be used to provide evidenced-based design principles to help guide future development within this area of Northgate.

The structure of this report is in two parts: ­ Part One: Urban Design Framework; ­ Part Two: Masterplan. Part One sets out the site context for the study and includes a suite of site analysis information, culminating in a set of design principles for the project. Part Two of the report focuses on the Masterplan development - taking the design principles through to the proposed Masterplan, illustrating key spaces and explaining the role of consultation and collaborative working along the way.

We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas, so please feel free to email [email protected]


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