Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) has today revealed plans for a multi-million pound redevelopment scheme for High Gosforth Park and Newcastle Racecourse.
Following on from the success of previous development work, which included the installation of the Tapeta surface and enhanced racing facilities, ARC anticipate submitting plans for the next stage of development of the High Gosforth Estate to Newcastle City Council in Autumn 2018.
The proposals will further boost the international prestige of the racecourse, create new jobs in hospitality, tourism and construction, and draw thousands of visitors and their spending into the City.
Improvements across the racecourse estate will include a c3,500m2 events centre, alongside significant refurbishment of the public and hospitality areas as well as the racing staff accommodation.
The plans for High Gosforth Park also include the development of high quality residential accommodation, along with refurbishment to the listed Brandling House and the associated public space to fit in with the heritage of the site. No development is proposed on Gosforth Park Nature Reserve or on the Scout Camp area.
A public consultation has been launched on the plans, with local residents invited to submit their views. Newcastle Racecourse will host a public exhibition and drop-in session before racing on 31 August between 12:00 and 16:00.
David Williamson, Executive Director of Newcastle Racecourse, said “Our plans will complete the transformation of Newcastle Racecourse into a world class sporting venue. The development of the racecourse and the wider High Gosforth Park Estate will provide a significant boost to Newcastle’s local economy and help create a number of jobs.
“These plans will completely transform the customer experience here at Newcastle, with brand new facilities for racegoers including bars, restaurants and hospitality suites alongside significant upgrades for owners and trainers as well as the accommodation for racing staff. We very much look forward to hearing people’s views on the plans, and welcome feedback at the exhibition on 31 August. We look forward to introducing the public to our plans and hearing their views.”
All materials from the exhibition event will also be able to view at www.newcastle-racecourse.co.uk/our-racecourse/development from Friday 31 August. The consultation will close at 5pm on 14 September.
Residents may submit their views in the following ways:
• In writing to Newcastle Racecourse, c/o Lexington Communications, Third Floor, Queens House, Queen Street, Manchester M2 5HT;
• Via the online consultation web page;
• By telephoning the Community Information Line on 0844 556 3002 (weekdays, 9.00am – 5.30pm); or
• By emailing the consultation team at email@example.com.