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Planning permission has been granted to build a 140-metre observation wheel and visitor attraction on land at Spillers Quay in Newcastle
The World Wheel Company had submitted their application for the observation wheel, a large LED screen, a three-storey family entertainment centre and three two-storey units containing food and drink outlets.
Newcastle City Council’s planning committee granted planning permission on 26 July, subject to conditions being met, for the wheel and the associated buildings. A decision around the screen, which is planned to show advertisements and public information, has been deferred to a future planning meeting.
Councillor Ged Bell, Newcastle City Council’s cabinet member for employment and investment, said: “The idea of one of the world’s biggest observational wheels operating here in Newcastle has captured a lot of people’s imaginations.
“The development has the potential to be a real game-changer, creating hundreds of jobs for local residents and attracting thousands of new visitors, which can only be good for shops, restaurants, cafes and local businesses.