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Reminder: Public consultation event re land development preventing St James Park increased capacity

2 years ago

A reminder on the development of land opposite the Gallowgate End that would prevent St James Park ever being expanded in the future, if it goes ahead.

It is a long running saga dating back to when John Hall and Freddy Shepherd were running Newcastle United.

Buying land opposite St James Park and having  plans drawn up, which showed it would be possible to expand the Gallowgate End, leading to an increased capacity of at least 60,000.

Whilst there was no immediate plan put into action, fans were reassured by the thought that in the future, it would be possible to accommodate more fans.

However, the takeover by Mike Ashley changed all that.

He paid the club to transfer the land opposite St James Park into his own personal control away from Newcastle United and then later sold at a profit to developers.

Despite having had an average crowd of over 51,000 in the Championship, the owner happy to end any hopes of ever expanding St James Park in the future, in return for a few extra quid in his own pocket.

Later today (Thursday 9 May: 4pm – 7pm) there is a ‘drop-in public consultation event’, allowing people to go along and comment on the proposals.

As you can see below, the development is proposed in four blocks (the image showing where they would be in relation to St James Park on the right), with office space, hotel rooms and rented apartments intended to be included.

Not exactly things Newcastle Upon Tyne is desperately in need of…at the expense of the future expansion of St James Park.

The drop-in event takes place at the Sandman Signature Hotel today (9 May), next to St James Park, 4pm-7pm.

‘Lambert Smith Hampton

St James’ Car Park, Gallowgate

Proposals for a Mixed Use Redevelopment Scheme

You are invited to attend a drop-in public consultation event to view and comment on emerging proposals for a mixed-use redevelopment scheme on land at St James’ Car Park, Gallowgate.

The consultation event will take place at Sandman Signature Hotel, Gallowgate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Thursday 9th May between 4pm and 7pm.

Members of the design team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.


In August 2017 Marrico Asset Management LLP secured planning permission for a mixed use development scheme at St James’ Car Park, Gallowgate (Application Ref: 2015/1778/01/DET).

The approved scheme comprised of four blocks providing a mix of student accommodation, office space,
residential accommodation and commercial floorspace.

What is being proposed?

Marrico Asset Management LLP and Helios Investment Partners are now proposing a revised mixeduse development at St James’ Car Park, similar to the approved scheme, but including changes to the overall mix of uses and height of some of the blocks.

The detailed design approach is still the subject of pre-application discussions with representatives from the City Council, other statutory consultees and stakeholders.

The mix of uses proposed has, however, been broadly established having regard to the local context, site constraints and market
conditions and includes:

• Building A – Residential block providing 202 privately rented apartments;

• Building B – Office block comprising 14,400sqm of floorspace;

• Building C – Either an office block comprising 6,500sqm of floorspace or a 180 bed hotel; and

• Building D – Either a hotel comprising 170 bedrooms or a residential block comprising 113 privately rented apartments.

In addition to the above, areas of landscaping a high quality public realm will be provided within the site along with associated access and servicing arrangements for all of the proposed uses.

If you would like to view and comment on the proposals, you are welcome to drop by the Sandman Hotel on 9th May (4pm -7pm).


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