The Chronicle recently did a report on the effort by some Newcastle fans to enlighten the public about the proposed redevelopment of Strawberry Place.
It was revealed earlier this year that Helios Investment Partners and Doncaster’s Marrico Asset Management LLP bought the land from Mike Ashley in a £9m deal. They have plans to extensively alter the location which could have a detrimental effect on Newcastle United.
The group’s latest proposal, which was revealed this summer looks to build flats, offices, and a hotel. This is the £120m proposal as written on the Planning application:
Application for a mixed use redevelopment of car parks and associated land between Strawberry Place and Gallowgate comprising 204 residential units (Class C3) within a building of 21 storeys (AOD 115m), 12,000 sqm of office space (Class B1) within a building of 12 storeys (with roof level plant space) (AOD 100.2m) with 250sqm of ground floor commercial space (A1-5/D2) and up to 70 no. parking spaces at basement level, 8,659 sqm hotel (Class C1) providing 200 beds within a building of 13 storeys plus basement (AOD 93.5m); and 124 residential units (Class C3) within a building of 10 storeys (AOD 87.1m)with 220 sqm of commercial space and a further 20 no. parking spaces in the existing commercial space at the metro station . Proposals include provision of refuse storage, public realm, access and landscape works including the relocation of the Sir Bobby Robson Memorial Garden to Strawberry Place above St James Park Metro Station and a new single storey entrance structure to the existing retail unit within the Metro Station as amended by plans and details submitted 9 October 2019. | Land At Saint James Metro Including Car Parks And Associated Land Between Strawberry Place And Gallowgate Newcastle upon Tyne
The concern of many fans with any development of Strawberry Place is that it would prevent the expansion of the Gallowgate End. This comes at a time when Newcastle United is up for sale.
So plans to overhaul the land just outside the stadium could prove to be a deterrent to potential buyers.
This new proposal also could impact the view St James Park which is an iconic feature of the city.
Any of our readers who wish to read more about the proposal or to voice their concerns with City Council can do so here.