Woolsington Parish Council

Making a Difference in Your Parish Today

Welcome to Woolsington Parish Council’s website, your place to find out what’s happening within the Parish. Here you can also get in touch with your parish councillors, find out about meetings, look up agendas, minutes and financial information, vote on ideas around new initiatives, volunteer and engage on key issues with fellow residents.
About Us
Woolsington Parish Council is a local Parish Council, based within the two Newcastle City Council wards of Kingston Park South & Newbiggin Hall and Callerton & Throckley
Parish Councils are the first tier of local government and are statutory bodies.  They serve electorates and are independently elected. They raise their own budget via a precept. Residents will know if they live within a Parish Council area as they will pay this additional Parish precept charge with their council tax – it will be detailed separately on the bill. The only paid member of a Parish Council is the Clerk
Woolsington Parish covers a large geographical area to the north west of Newcastle. It has both rural and urban communities. Newcastle International Airport is also within its boundary
Woolsington Parish Council itself consists of the wards of Bedeburn, Newbiggin Hall, Callerton and Woolsington & Bank Foot (Parish Council Wards.pdf)
WPC has 12 parish councillors (members) who represent the 4 wards. There are no vacancies at present

Our Website
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Have your say and help shape the future of Newcastle. 

What do you want Newcastle to be like in the future, and how can this be achieved? Now is your chance to help us plan for this.  

We are keen to start early conversations. This will help us to prepare the Newcastle Plan.  Like all councils, we need to create a plan for our area that sets out how Newcastle will develop by 2045, considering all aspects of what will make our city an even better place to live. We want to give everyone a chance to have their say and find out what matters to our communities.  

From Wednesday 24 January until Wednesday 6 March (inclusive) we will be running a six-week engagement exercise - a citywide conversation where we are asking for feedback on a number of key themes. The responses we receive will help shape the Newcastle Plan and that will shape Newcastle.  

You can get involved online or in person. Further details below. By doing this, you can tell us your thoughts on what you think Newcastle should be like in 2045 and how we can:  

1.    Make Newcastle a healthier city. 
What steps could we take to support everyone in Newcastle to have healthier lifestyles and to improve their wellbeing?  

2.    Make Newcastle be a greener city.  
How can we help address climate change and reduce carbon e missions in Newcastle?   

3.    Make the city centre and neighbourhood centres more attractive places to shop and visit.  
What do you think is needed to improve our city and neighbourhood centres and what would make you visit them more?   

4.    Improve employment opportunities.  
Have we got the right employment sites (areas only used for businesses, factories, and other employers) in Newcastle and what opportunities should be provided for the future? 

5.    Make it easier to move around Newcastle. 
How can we support more people to actively move around Newcastle (by walking and cycling) and improve transport networks, helping to connect everyone better?  

6.    Provide high-quality leisure, culture and tourism facilities. 
Where should our leisure, cultural and tourism facilities be located, and how can we improve everyone’s access to our open spaces?  

7.    Provide homes and communities people want to live in.     
What type of housing do you think Newcastle needs and where should new houses be built? 

8.    Provide attractive and safe places in Newcastle to live, work and visit  
So we can design a better Newcastle in the future, we want to know what is most important and makes it special for you.  

9.    Protect and improve Newcastle’s natural environment  
How can we improve our natural environment including parks, woodlands, lakes and ponds and what would you like more of?   

Get involved: 

  • To join in the conversation online visit https://newcastleplan.commonplace.is/

    Here you will find details of nine ambitions that we think will make Newcastle a better place by 2045. But what do you think?  You may choose to answer all or some of the questions that we’re asking for each ambition, and that’s fine. We want your views on what you see as important and matters to you. 
  • Community events and drop-in sessions:                                                                                                 

At these events and drop-in sessions, you will be able to find out more information and have conversations with members of our team. You will also be able to complete the online questions and be supported to do this if you need.

Drop-in Sessions 

Half-term Events – Grainger Market 

  • Tuesday 20th February and Friday 23rd February 2024 

If you have questions about any of the information above or need it in another format (such as large print), please email us at planningpolicy@newcastle.gov.uk, or write to FREEPOST Letstalk.  

Also, remember to follow our social media channels where we will also be having these conversations: 

-    Facebook - www.facebook.com/newcastlecitycouncil 

-    X (formerly Twitter) @NewcastleCC    

-    Instagram - @newcastlecouncil 

-    Tik Tok - @newcastlecounciluk

You will find more details of the Newcastle Local Plan here. This includes details of our current plan than runs until 2030 and a timeline we are working to develop the new one.  


Biodiversity Explained

Biodiversity Explained

Biodiversity Projects are about protecting life in all its forms in order to allow us, and everything we share our planet with, to live happy and healthy lives.

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An Introduction to Woolsington Parish Council Biodiversity Project

An Introduction to Woolsington Parish Council Biodiversity Project

Woolsington Parish Council has been running its Biodiversity Project since 2018, in support of the Newcastle City Council`s Green Infrastructure Plan and Bee-friendly City Strategy. This includes the planting of trees, spring bulbs, shrubs and hedgerow, flowers and wildflowers while focusing on local wildlife benefits.

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Bee-friendly City comes to Woolsington Parish

Bee-friendly City comes to Woolsington Parish

Newcastle City Council`s Bee-friendly City comes to Woolsington Parish with plans for the creation of an extensive Wildflower meadow.

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A Review of Parish Council Area Biodiversity Project Year

A Review of Parish Council Area Biodiversity Project Year

A summary of our achievements in 2019/20.

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2020: Biodiversity Journey around Newbiggin Hall, Bedeburn and Lowbiggin

2020: Biodiversity Journey around Newbiggin Hall, Bedeburn and Lowbiggin

The Newbiggin Hall, Bedeburn and Lowbiggin areas already contain wonderful landscapes, veteran trees and areas of lovely scenery. The Biodiversity Project is specifically designed to build on and enhance these natural assets.

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2021: Biodiversity Journey around Bank Foot, Callerton and Woolsington

2021: Biodiversity Journey around Bank Foot, Callerton and Woolsington

Bank Foot, Callerton and Woolsington also contain wonderful landscapes, veteran trees and areas of lovely scenery. Here are just a few examples of where the Parish’s Biodiversity Project is attempting to enhance this natural beauty during 2021.

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A Visit to the Scotswood Community Garden

A Visit to the Scotswood Community Garden

The Parish Council was greatly impressed, and influenced, by the Scotswood Community Garden. Here they are working with nature to create a great place for people and wildlife to enjoy. The garden aims for a ‘managed wildness’ approach. The garden is about community, either for the local or the wider area, and they welcome people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in their work.

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Building better sites for Butterflies

Building better sites for Butterflies

The Parish Council is greatly influenced by this concept. Designing where we live and work to be better for wildlife is important. Two-thirds of butterfly and moth species are in decline in the UK, and urban sprawl is contributing to their demise.... But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Butterflies of Woolsington Parish

Butterflies of Woolsington Parish

Butterflies are not only beautiful creatures, but do a great deal for the environment. Like bees, they are plant pollinators and they also provide population control for a number of insect species by eating them.

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The Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust

There are some remarkable trees of variable note at many locations throughout the Parish, some of which border our historic waggonways. Members of the Parish Council are working with the Woodland Trust to help protect theses trees by recording details of noteable and veteran trees on the Woodland Trust Tree Inventory.

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Crocus Carpet

Crocus Carpet

Woolsington Parish Council Chairperson Councillor George Pattison and Catherine McKinnell MP planting the Crocus Carpet on Newbiggin Lane.

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Parish Ponds Restoration: Phase I Removal of Water Soldier Vegetation

Parish Ponds Restoration: Phase I Removal of Water Soldier Vegetation

Woolsington Parish Council issued a Questionnaire as part of its community engagement process on biodiversity in the Upper Ouseburn corridor. There was a very positive response from residents throughout the Parish with many messages. This helped the Parish Council to establish its vision, and shape future plans, for the local ponds and surrounding area. Outline discussions with the Land Owner (Northumberland Estates), the City Council, and various other Agencies and services also followed.

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Bluebell Dene Phase 1: October 4th 2021

Bluebell Dene Phase 1: October 4th 2021

As many are aware, Bluebell Dene is a local beauty spot in Newbiggin Hall, through which runs the main footpath that connects the housing estate with the Metro Station and the surrounding areas of Bank Foot and Kingston Park. In recent years many of the original bluebells and other spring flowers have died off and the area has become untidy and subject to increased anti-social behaviour.

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Bluebell Dene Phase 2: October 4th 2022

Bluebell Dene Phase 2: October 4th 2022

Now, in Phase 2, a major planting event on 4 October 2022 saw a group of volunteers from Costain Jacobs and the Highways Agency team up with Members of the Parish Council and other Ward Councillors to get busy with their spades.

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Woolsington Parish Ponds - Quad Biking

We have had a return of problems with QUAD BIKING this week at the Parish Ponds and Upper Ouse Burn. With damage to wildflower beds and the riverbanks, causing potential pollution problems and a big threat to wildlife (see photos)

This is criminal damage and we are working with Northumbria Police to resolve it

If you witness any activity please inform the Police This can be done via the 101 system, and also online, using the following link https://www.northumbria.police.uk/ro/report/asb/asb-v3/report-antisocial-behaviour/ 

It only takes a few minutes and it makes a difference


Simonside Primary School Clothes Recycling Project

Please be advised that the bin is at the far end of the school car park and accessible to all.



Cheviot Primary School: The Edible Playground

A post submitted by Cheviot Primary School

Cheviot Edible Playground and Woolsington Parish Council 

Cheviot’s Edible Playground is able to flourish thanks to the donations and continued support of the Woolsington Parish Council, and friends of our school Joanne Couchman and John Littleton.

Last year we worked hard to get the Edible Playground up and running and used regularly. This year, Mrs Waite and Mrs Keers are taking charge, and clearly Mrs Waite already has her class on the case!  

So far this term, Joanne and John brought us some Japanese onions to plant so that they can grow over the winter months.

Cheviot would like to say a massive thank you to Woolsington Parish Council for their support and friendship.

The Edible Playground: an article by school pupils Ellie-Mae, Scarlett, Emilie and Amelia in Year Five 

Year Five are in control of the Edible Playground. We have been picking the raspberries, carrots and potatoes and we are starting to plant some onions. In the Edible Playground, there are lots of fruit and vegetables that we pick every Wednesday. We also make sure that weeds don’t get in the way of the plants that need to grow.

Plants need water, sunlight and space to grow. Some of the weeds try to grow over our plants which is bad so we have to watch them closely!

Taking care of plants is a big responsibility to take on. We need to be careful about what happens to them.

You can visit the Cheviot School website via www.cheviot.smartacademies.net – it is full of information and great articles.


Breeding Mallard and Canada Geese taken at the Parish Ponds, Its representative and Illustrates a successful breeding season for waterfowl, due wholly to the Parish Council and its investments in Biodiversity

Bee friendly City

Grass verges in Woolsington maintained by the City Council Grounds Maintenance Team



Galafield Community Centre, 

Every Tuesday and Saturday 6pm - 9pm

All Welcome

Gala Fields Bingo.pdf


Developers work with community to clean up open space near proposed new development site at Upper Callerton

A consortium of developers have banded together with community groups to clean up the local area. Staff from Taylor Wimpey North East, Northumberland Estates and their consultants joined forces with members of local youth group Projects4Change and Woolsington Parish Council to clean up footpaths and open spaces surrounding the proposed development at Upper Callerton.

The litter picking team

The litter pick was arranged following the consortium’s request for initial feedback on its proposals, with the young people at the youth club commenting that they were keen to be involved in environmental projects.

Litter pick sticks, gloves, high vis jackets, bags and boxes were provided by the consortium, and a significant amount and range of litter was collected and disposed of on the day. As a thank you to the young people at Projects4Change who attended the litter pick, Northumberland Estates and Taylor Wimpey North East have also arranged a free visit to Alnwick Castle and Gardens later in the year.

The proposed development by the consortium comprising Northumberland Estates, Persimmon Homes, Taylor Wimpey and the Quadrini family could see up to 1,600 two, three, four and five bedroom homes built at Upper Callerton.

Affordable homes would also be created as part of the scheme, boosting the affordability of home ownership for local people and relieving the pressure on the social housing rented sector.

David Abercrombie, Technical Director at Taylor Wimpey North East said: “As soon as we start planning new developments, we’re keen to get involved with and support the local community as much as possible.

“After receiving valuable feedback on the current state of the area around the proposed development, we knew we could help in providing a genuine solution, which also gives back to the community.”

Barry Spall, Development Planner at Northumberland Estates said: “We’re grateful that so many people showed up on the day as it meant we were able to collect a significant amount of rubbish. The surrounding footpaths and open spaces look much tidier and more welcoming as a result.”

Upper Callerton is part of the Callerton Neighbourhood Growth Area, which has been allocated for the development of approximately 3,000 new homes within the Newcastle Gateshead Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan (CSUCP).

The public consultation, which is live at www.uppercallertonconsultation.com, will be around a master plan that takes into account initial comments from Newcastle City Council, Woolsington Parish Council and the Woolsington Residents’ Association, together with local youth groups.

An estimated 600 new construction and supply chain jobs could be created if plans get the green light, with work on this latest phase of the overall housing allocation for Callerton potentially starting as early as autumn 2023.

Local youth group Projects4Change show Members of Woolsington Parish Council how it`s done


It was great to see children at Simonside Primary School enjoying the Christmas Tree donated by the Parish Council, it looks fantastic


A great day was had at the Galafest, Galafield Centre, Newbiggin Lane.

Gala Fields Event.pdf

April edition of OUR NEWS is here with crime prevention advice and discounts

We are pleased to bring you the April edition of our newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch supporters across England and Wales.

This month’s edition highlights are: new Neighbourhood Watch window stickers with NHS on the reverse, offers from LockLatch, Avast One and D&D Technologies, how to be in for a chance to win £25,000 through our lottery, tips and support when planning a Big Lunch for the Coronation weekend or Neighbourhood Watch Week, rising cybercrime fears, and more.

Grab a cuppa, take a moment for yourself, and enjoy the read.


The February edition of OUR NEWS is here

We are delighted to bring you February's edition of OUR NEWS – our newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch supporters across England and Wales.

This edition includes advice on how to steer clear of romance fraud this Valentine's Day, as well as three major cybercrime predictions for 2023, and details of a new app for reporting hate crime against the LGBTQ+ community. It also features tips for bringing your community together – from how to organise a street party for the King's Coronation, to how to recognise and celebrate those that go above and beyond in their communities.

As well as warning of the risks of not using a qualified plumber, it includes information on how to let fresh air into your home, whilst keeping opportunistic intruders out.

We hope you enjoy this edition as much as we enjoyed creating it.


Please enjoy the photos attached below, taken at various times during 2022,  it helps us appreciate what a diverse and yet consistently wonderful area we all represent.

Bedeburn Ward.pdf

Callerton Ward.pdf

Newbiggin Hall Ward.pdf

Woolsington & Bank Foot Ward.pdf

Biodiversity Questionnaire

As part of the planning process we need your input, your thoughts and ideas please. The views of the local community are extremely important and valued. Therefore, it would be very helpful for the shaping of any future biodiversity projects if you could give your views on the following – please note any comments will be treated in confidence.

Please provide your responses to the following questions by email to the Parish Council mailbox: woolsingtonpc@gmail.com 

Subject: WPC Biodiversity 

1. What do you like about the green & blue spaces in the Parish area?

2. Would you like to see the Parish area improved and if so, how?

3. Have you any other comments or suggestions for future biodiversity project work?

Thank you in advance for taking the time.

In the meantime the below photographs may inspire your thinking: Please join us on this journey around the Parish, season by season, as we celebrate some of its natural beauty during 2021.

1 Woolsington Parish WINTER 2021.pdf

2 Woolsington Parish SPRING 2021.pdf

3 Woolsington Parish SUMMER 2021.pdf

4 Woolsington Parish AUTUMN 2021.pdf

For more information about biodiversity and the WPC Project, please follow this link Biodiversity Explained - Woolsington Parish Council (woolsington-parish-council.com)

George Pattison


Councillor George Pattison Newbiggin Hall Ward

Lilian Kennedy

Vice - Chair

Councillor Lilian Kennedy Newbiggin Hall Ward

Jonathan Sabarre

Parish Councillor

Councillor Jonathan Sabarre Bedeburn Ward

Alexander Hay

Parish Councillor

Councillor Alexander Hay Bedeburn Ward

Lilian McGuinness

Parish Councillor

Councillor Lilian McGuinness Bedeburn Ward

Linda Wright

Parish Councillor

Councillor Linda Wright Callerton Ward

John Littleton

Parish Councillor

Councillor John Littleton Woolsington and Bankfoot Ward

Joanne Couchman

Parish Councillor

Councillor Joanne Couchman Woolsington and Bankfoot Ward

Liam Spencer

Parish Councillor

Councillor Liam Spencer Bedeburn Ward

Sharon Pattison

Parish Councillor

Councillor Sharon Pattison Newbiggin Hall Ward

Jacqui Robinson

Parish Councillor

Councillor Jacqui Robinson Newbiggin Hall Ward

Amy Thomas

Parish Councillor

Councillor Amy Thomas Newbiggin Hall Ward

Andrew Richardson

Clerk to the Parish Council

Parish Council Meetings

Meetings are held bi-monthly at St Wilfrid's Church 6.30pm. 

Any items for the agenda must be submitted 14 days before the date of the meeting.         

You are advised to check the location on each agenda.  Please see the below for the agendas and minutes of each meeting.         

Members of the public are welcome to attend and raise any issues before the commencement of the formal business.  If you wish to speak during the formal business session, please indicate this to the Chair by raising your hand.  The Chair will conduct the order of speakers and will indicate who will speak next.

2024/2025 - Agendas and Minutes

15 May 2024 (including AGM)WPC Agenda 15.05.2024.pdf
WPC minutes 15.05.2024.pdf
17 July 2024WPC Agenda 17.07.2024.pdf

11 Sept 2024

13 Nov 2024

8 Jan 2025

12 Mar 2025

2023/2024 - Agendas and Minutes 

2022/2023 - Agendas and Minutes 

11 May 2022 (including AGM)
WPC Agenda 11.05.2022.pdfWPC minutes 11.05.2022.pdf
13 July 2022
WPC Agenda 13.07.2022.pdfWPC minutes 13.07.2022.pdf
14 September 2022
Meeting Postponed to 21 SeptemberMeeting Postponed to 21 September
21 September 2022WPC Agenda 21.09.2022.pdfWPC minutes 21.09.2022.pdf
9 November 2022
Meeting Postponed to 16 NovemberMeeting Postponed to 16 November
16 November 2022WPC Agenda 16.11.2022.pdfWPC minutes 16.11.2022.pdf
11 January 2023
Meeting Postponed to 18 JanuaryMeeting Postponed to 18 January
18 January 2023WPC Agenda 18.01.2023.pdfWPC minutes 18.01.2023.pdf
8 March 2023
WPC Agenda 08.03.2023.pdfWPC minutes 08.03.2023.pdf

2021/2022 - Agendas and Minutes 

Date Agenda Minutes  
12 May 2021 (including AGM)WPC Agenda 12.05.2021.pdfWPC minutes 12.05.2021.pdf
14 July 2021WPC Agenda 14.07.2021.pdfWPC minutes 14.07.2021.pdf
08 September 2021Meeting Postponed to 15 SeptemberMeeting Postponed to 15 September
15 September 2021WPC Agenda 15.09.2021.pdfWPC minutes 15.09.2021.pdf
10 November 2021WPC Agenda 10.11.2021.pdfWPC minutes 10.11.2021.pdf
12 January 2022
Meeting Postponed to 19 JanuaryMeeting Postponed to 19 January
19 January 2022WPC Agenda 19.01.2022.pdfWPC minutes 19.01.2022.pdf
09 March 2022WPC Agenda 09.03.2022.pdfWPC minutes 09.03.2022.pdf

2020/2021 - Agendas and Minutes  

2019/2020 - Agendas and Minutes  

2018/2019 - Agendas and Minutes 

Starling Murmuration in Woolsington Parish

Starling Murmuration in Woolsington Parish

Murmurations are masses of Starlings that twist, turn, swoop and swirl across the sky in beautiful shape-shifting clouds. Usually they occur just before dusk. If you are lucky enough you may see one yourself.

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A Tribute in Crocus to the Suffragette Movement

A Tribute in Crocus to the Suffragette Movement

On a very wet Saturday morning in November 2018 a team of community volunteers turned out near the Wheatsheaf Farm in Woolsington to plant 5000 crocus bulbs.

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Woolsington Parish Council aims to improve the social and economic welfare of the residents of the Parish. It is essential that any organisation requesting financial assistance will be expected to support the aims of the Council and that its activities address at least one of the following objectives:- 

  1. To enhance community cohesion
  2. To develop social inclusion
  3. To alleviate deprivation 

Applications must be from a community based organisation. The Council will not consider applications from individuals, projects that are political or religious projects that do not demonstrate social or economic benefits. 

You can apply for a grant funding by completing the below grant funding application(click on the link), don't forget to read the pre-application condition notes thoroughly and ensure you have ALL relevant documents requested before you submit your application. 

WPC Grant Application and Conditions.docx

WPC Grant Application Monitoring.docx

In 2020/21 Woolsington Parish Council have provided financial support to

Simonside Primary School

St Marks RC Primary School

Action for Children (Galafield Cafe Project)


Certified AGAR including Audit Certificate 2023 - 2024

Annual Governance & Accountability Return Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2024 

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Public Right of Inspection Notice

Public Right of Inspection (03.06.24 - 12.07.24).pdf

AGAR 2023 - 2024

AGAR 2023-24.pdf


Certified AGAR including Audit Certificate 2022 - 2023

Annual Governance & Accountability Return Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2023 

Woolsington Parish Council - Audited AGAR 2022_23.pdf

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Notice of Conclusion of Audit for Year Ending 31st March 2023.pdf

Public Right of Inspection Notice

Public Right of Inspection (03.07.23 - 11.08.23).pdf

AGAR 2022 - 2023

AGAR 2022-23.pdf


Certified AGAR including Audit Certificate 2021 - 2022

 Annual Governance & Accountability Return Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2022 

AGAR Sections 1 and 2.pdf

AGAR Section 3.pdf

Final External Auditor Report and Certificate.pdf

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Notice of Conclusion of Audit for Year Ending 31st March 2022.pdf

Uncertified AGAR 2021 - 2022

Annual Governance & Accountability Return Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2022  

AGAR Sections 1 and 2.pdf

AGAR Section 3.pdf

Notice of the audit and right to inspect the Annual Governance & Accountability Return 

Notice of the Audit for Year Ending 31st March 2022.pdf

Public Right of Inspection Notice 

Public Right of Inspection (13.06.2022 - 22.07.2022).pdf

AGAR 2021 - 2022



 Certified AGAR including Audit Certificate 2020 - 2021  

Annual Governance & Accountability Return Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021  

AGAR Sections 1 and 2.pdf

AGAR Section 3.pdf

Notice of Conclusion of Audit 

Notice of Conclusion of Audit for Year Ending 31st March 2021.pdf

Public Right of Inspection Notice 

Public Right of Inspection (14.06.2021 - 23.07.2021)..docx

AGAR 2020 - 2021 



Annual Governance & Accountability Return Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020: 

Our Newsletters are below.                                                                                                                                If you would like to contribute to our newsletter.  Please email woolsingtonpc@gmail.com with your request.  :

Spring 2022  

WPC Newsletter Spring 2022.pdf

Spring 2024

WPC Newsletter Spring 2024.pdf

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a levy which the Council charges on many new developments.  The money raised helps to pay for the infrastructure needed across the city as a result of developments such as schools, strategic greenspace, flood defences, and strategic transport improvements. 

The Adopted Charging Schedule can be downloaded from the Documents section of this page, along with the Residential and Commercial Charging Zones Map, Examiner’s Report, Adopted Regulation 123 List and the Instalments Policy. 

A Developers Guide is in the Documents section of this page explaining in more detail how the CIL process works, such as what CIL information is needed to be submitted with planning applications and before commencement. It contains links to the Planning Portal CIL page which provides links to the relevant forms to be submitted before you commence your development. A wide range of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ can also be viewed in the Documents section.

The CIL is charged per square metre on many new buildings, based on their use and location.   The charges are based on viability and have been approved by an independent Examiner and by Full Council. The Council has to ensure that there is an appropriate balance between the rates being high enough to help fund infrastructure, and not harming the economic viability of development as a whole across Newcastle. 

Section 106 Agreements continue to cover on-site measures that are needed to make a specific development acceptable, such as access works, drainage management, and greenspace. Provision of affordable housing also continues as previously. A Supplementary Planning Document has been adopted by the City which identifies what will be expected to be secured through planning obligations and is available in the Documents section. 

The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force on the 1st September 2020. CIL charges remain the same for developments in the use classes affected by these changes. This includes: Small Retail Units under 280sqm (changing from A1 to E or F2 if mostly selling essential goods, including food and at least 1km from another similar shop), Supermarkets over 280sqm (changing from A1 to E), and Retail Warehousing over 280sqm (changing from A1 to E). Changes to the Use Classes within the ‘All Other Developments’ category remain chargeable at £0. The remaining CIL chargeable development categories are unaffected by the recent Use Classes Order changes. 

Spending the CIL

The funds generated are spent in compliance with the CIL Regulations (Regulation 59) (external link) and in accordance with City Council’s Regulation 123 list of strategic infrastructure.Up to 5% of the levy receipts can be spent on administering and enforcing the levy and are allocated for such purposes. 


We have started to receive the Parish’s portion of the above payments from Newcastle City Council. These charges were levied by Newcastle City Council on the developers of the new housing estates being built in the Parish. They are not released until certain previously agreed numbers of houses are actually built.

A Section 106 is a legal agreement between a developer seeking planning permission and the local planning authority, which is used to mitigate the impact of their new housing on the local community and infrastructure.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new levy that local authorities can charge on developments in their area to ensure facilities and services in the area have capacity to keep up with new homes and to enable further sustainable growth.

The funding can only be spent on infrastructure improvements.

We would welcome suggestions from the community, to enable a list to be drawn up of projects to spend this money on, to improve the parish and local area.

Woolsington Parish Council CIL Annual Reports - 2020

Woolsington Parish Council CIL Annual Reports - 2021

Woolsington Parish Council CIL Annual Reports - 2022

Woolsington Parish Council CIL Annual Reports - 2023

Standards and Codes

The Standards (Parish/Community Councils) Sub Committee, oversees the operation of the codes of conduct by providing guidance assistance and training. See the Code of Conduct  Code of Conduct.pdf

Election Notices 

Notice of Uncontested Election 2019.pdf 

Useful Links 

Newcastle City Council, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8QH                                     

Telephone No. 0191 278 7878               


If there are any suggestions, comments or information you either want to add or would like, please contact us.