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Fans legal challenge to council on St James Park development decision – Why approval can’t be given today

1 week ago
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A decision is set to be made today with regard to the proposed development at Strawberry Place, next to St James Park.

A development scheme that it is believed would ruin the city skyline, especially with regard to St James Park, plus at the same time prevent any realistic chance of increasing the football stadium’s in the foreseeable future.

The Newcastle City Council planning committee are scheduled to meet today (Friday 8 November 2019) but on the eve of that meeting, the council have been met by a legal challenge.

Late on Thursday (7 November 2019), NUST (Newcastle United Supporters Trust) have made public a letter (see below) that their legal representatives have supplied to the council, explaining why legally Newcastle Council are obliged to delay a decision until December.

The NUST statement and letter mentions how as recently as Monday, the developers have again amended their plans.

Encouragingly, the NUST statement adds: ‘We have met with the developers of the scheme and believe it would be possible to secure a pragmatic compromise in relation to their plans to safeguard the future of St James Park but not in time for tomorrow’s meeting.’

Such an important decision needs to be given full and proper consideration by the council, so here’s hoping they accept that there is an essential need to put any decisions back until next month at the earliest.

Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) Statement – Thursday 7 November 2019:

‘Following our recent objection to the Strawberry Place planning application it is now due to be heard by the Newcastle City Council planning committee tomorrow (8th November).

Newcastle City Council planning officers have recommended the application is approved despite numerous objections including from the Trust and then MP for Newcastle Central Chi Onwurah.

We have met with the developers of the scheme and believe it would be possible to secure a pragmatic compromise in relation to their plans to safeguard the future of St. James’ Park but not in time for tomorrow’s meeting.

Earlier this week the developer again amended their plans, therefore we have written to Newcastle City Council and the planning committee stating that a decision on the application should not be made tomorrow.

A copy of our letter can be found below.

With everything else going on, it can’t be forgotten how important the issues surrounding this proposed development could be for the long-term potential of Newcastle United.

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