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Newcastle fans instruct solicitors to object to development that will prevent St James Park expansion

2 years ago

The campaign goes on to try and prevent the Strawberry Place development that will prevent any future expansion of St James Park, plus totally ruin the current city centre skyline.

The NUST (Newcastle United Supporters Trust) have instructed solicitors to object to the scheme on their behalf.

NUST saying via their Twitter account:

‘We have submitted an objection to the Strawberry Place planning application.

‘This land should be safeguarded for the future of Newcastle United.’

The objection letter to Newcastle City Council on behalf of NUST starts…

The objection was lodged with Newcastle City Council on October 4 via Richard Buxton Solicitors and the NUST letter states that views of the iconic stadium must be protected.

Altogether a total of 676 people have so far objected to the scheme ( some background reading/explanation below from a previous article on The Mag).

The Mag – 10 May 2019:

When you are walking up from the city centre to St James Park, picture in your head how it looks.

As people often describe it, the ‘cathedral on the hill’ looks the business.

We might not win trophies but there are many great things about our football club and the way that St James Park dominate the skyline is just one of them.

However, this will very soon be simply memories and photos, unless plans to butcher one of the city centre’s greatest assets are stopped.

On Thursday, there was a ‘drop-in public consultation event’, allowing people to go along and comment on the proposals for the development on land opposite the Gallowgate End.

This is land that was bought by NUFC when John Hall and Freddy Shepherd were running the show, earmarked to one day help St James Park increase capacity to 60,000+.

Mike Ashley took control of the land as part of the package when buying Newcastle United in 2007, then later bought it from the club into his private control, before selling it on to developers at a profit of millions of pounds (for himself).

If the development goes ahead for offices. apartments, hotels etc goes ahead, it ends any realistic hope of expanding St James Park now and in the future. quite ridiculous for a club that can attract average gates of over 51,000 in the Championship.

However, as well as this, Thursday’s public consultation event has shown just how horrific the whole development will look if allowed to happen.

The mock-up images (see below) at yesterday’s event have now shown that there is another horrific side to this scheme.

Just look at how massive these buildings are going to be and the impact they will have on St James Park and the city’s skyline overall.

The trouble with so many things such as this, is that the reality only hits home for people when it is too late.

Only when fans/general public see the end product, does it properly register what has been allowed to happen.

The Newcastle United Supporters Trust are looking to coordinate opposition/influence on this development and you can visit their Twitter account HERE and website HERE, for information and how you can help.

The Mag – Thursday 9 May 2019:

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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