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GATESHEAD: Electric go-karting could be coming to the Metrocentre

GATESHEAD: Electric go-karting could be coming to the Metrocentre

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An electric go-karting circuit could be opening its doors in the Metrocentre as proposals are set to be given the green flag next week.

And if it goes ahead it could bring with it more than 50 new jobs to Gateshead.

The Metrocentre partnership is behind proposals to open an “active entertainment venue” in the former Argos unit in the shopping centre’s yellow mall.

If the plans are approved the new facility will include electric go-carting, a sports bar and e-sports.

Documents submitted to the authority said the scheme could create 22 full time and 30 part time jobs.

Gateshead Council’s planning department has recommended approval for the proposals saying that the Metrocentre is an “established retail and
leisure destination”.

A report from council planners pointed to the economic benefits of the proposals, saying it would help support the shopping centre.

It said: “Officers consider that the proposed development would have the potential to create economic benefits, would provide investment that will continue to support the Metrocentre and would be in a highly accessible location.”

Planners also said the circuit wouldn’t have a negative impact on the area.

The report added: “The proposed change of use is considered to be commensurate with the established retail and leisure uses contained within the Metro Centre and would not give rise to any detrimental impact upon
residential amenity or the amenity of nearby commercial premises.”

The planning committee will vote on the proposals on Wednesday.

Words: Herbert Soden, Local Democracy Reporter


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