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Details On Recent Planning Application To Redevelop Strawberry Place



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.


36 comments so far

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 14, 2019 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully the council will follow the will of the people and reject the application – Newcastle already has more than enough empty student flats and office space all over the city. I’d imagine after Brexit there will be a lot more as companies move staff abroad and Boris does all he can to protect London and the South East from any fallout

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  • Mindshaft

    Oct 14, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Jeez – I didn’t realise the majority of this blog were in eighties, I thought everyone in toon died of lard poisoning – must only be my family and friends 🙂

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  • Kamakazeee

    Oct 14, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Jib: I’m not sure what you mean? Unless you mean the names are just a coincidence ?

    They did set up the same company structures and names (club names different) when they purchased Bordeaux

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  • Jib

    Oct 14, 2019 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #4

    St James Park , not just with the footy
    but both codes of rugby and various
    closed season concerts
    brings a lot of money into the city and anything
    that detracts from that has to be a bad thing

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  • Jib

    Oct 14, 2019 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Mindshaft
    The octogenarians are the young shavers on this
    blog.
    My first game was 12 December 1925 vs Everton
    Dixie Dean got a hat-trick for the Toffees and
    Hughie Gallacher got a brace for us
    3 – 3 draw – great game
    😛

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  • jane

    Oct 14, 2019 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #6

    why didn’t the club expand the Gallowgate End or at least try to when they owned the land?

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  • Moonraker15

    Oct 14, 2019 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Ashley never took a penny out of the club……… oh except the transfer of Strawberry Place land asset that he transferred into his other company and sold it for a profit, to the detriment of the future development or existing status of the stadium!
    What a disgrace! He’d sell his granny for a profit!

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  • Jib

    Oct 14, 2019 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Jane they tried but Nexus blocked it

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  • Moonraker15

    Oct 14, 2019 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Jane
    Pre Ashley they couldn’t afford to expand the stadium and post Ashley there was no real ambition to do it.
    Anyone who tells you it was not technically possible because of the metro station is bullshitting.

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  • Mindshaft

    Oct 14, 2019 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #10

    Jib: 😀 😀

    Queens getting your telegram ready ( don’t worry, she’s passed the message on to Charlie boy in case you outlast her)

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 14, 2019 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Right peeps, don’t just sit there get objecting 😀 😀 😀

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 14, 2019 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #12

    jane,
    I think they ran out of money.

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  • jane

    Oct 14, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #13

    thanks for the replies. seems to be some different opinions even contradictions.

    what are the sums like for cost of the investment against the return do you have any idea?

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  • jane

    Oct 14, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #14

    can i ask another question. i know it’s been discussed but i probably just skimmed over it.

    am i correct in thinking Ashley (or any NUFC owner) owns the stadium but not the land?

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  • geordietom

    Oct 14, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Kamakazee – jib …

    have they set up 2 new holding holding companies its all above my pay grade …

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  • jane

    Oct 14, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #16

    how have they managed to increase the capacity of Anfield? did they have to extend outwards?

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  • jane

    Oct 14, 2019 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #17

    could NUFC build upwards above the Gallowgate End without needing the Strawberry land?

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  • Jib

    Oct 14, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Jane from Wkipedia
    Saint James Park
    2007 proposed expansion[
    It was announced on 2 April 2007 that the club intend to submit plans for a new £300million development of the stadium and surrounding areas, to include a major conference centre, hotels and luxury apartments.The proposals also include a plan to increase the Gallowgate End, eventually taking the capacity to 60,000.
    This expansion would be funded by the city council and linked to the redevelopment of the land behind the stand and over the Metro Station, which had previously been earmarked for the casino project. Expansion of the Gallowgate end involves difficulties due to the proximity of a road, Strawberry Place, and issues surrounding reinforcement of the underground St James Metro station.

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  • jane

    Oct 14, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #19

    if the planning application is successful will Ashley benefit financially from the development?

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  • jane

    Oct 14, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #20

    thanks Jib is the 2007 proposal what Nexus blocked?

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  • Genjikai

    Oct 14, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #21

    https://twitter.com/4LoveRenovation/status/1183027751378444294?s=19

    That is how the strawberry land saga has went down.
    Check out the link.
    ashley said when he bought nufc that the extension to the ground would be complete 2015.

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  • Genjikai

    Oct 14, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #22

    Great article Neil.
    I would like to see more of these stories highlighting what the various groups like the Nust, the magpie group are doing.
    They have been making alot of news lately.
    Especially this last week.

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  • Jib

    Oct 14, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Yes

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  • Genjikai

    Oct 14, 2019 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Jib
    You walked into that Newcastle castle.
    Thought you would of seen that coming.
    Does that prove your PR?…. haha

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  • Mindshaft

    Oct 14, 2019 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #25

    I see Chris Sutton has joined in the Almiron diving debate, can’t say he’s wrong although a bit of kettle, pot , black going on https://twitter.com/RedNBlueArmy1/status/1005100335168356355

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  • jane

    Oct 14, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #26

    the council could approve the application on the condition that the developers include the Gallowgate expansion in the plans. problem solved.

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  • jane

    Oct 14, 2019 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #27

    i’ve got a solution to Brexit too. stay in the EU but pay less. why haven’t they thought of that!

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  • jane

    Oct 14, 2019 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #28

    tomorrow i’ll sort global warming.

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  • Jib

    Oct 14, 2019 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #29

    Jane
    the priority is getting NUFC into Europe

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  • Small World

    Oct 14, 2019 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #30

    There has always been one additional factor in the (lack of) development behind the Gallowgate, and that has been the role of the City Council. They’ve always been happy for the lease of the land in that area to be sold on, and for them to keep freehold ownership. Strangely enough all plans to date for the redevelopment have come to nothing. Casino’s, hotels, office blocks etc… To date buying the lease to that land has been a mugs game, apart from the odd few million or so profit that could be made by selling on. Ashley wasn’t slow to get a piece of that action.

    Take a look at Google maps and you’ll see why. The council for many years now have kept open the option of extending St James Boulevard to cut across the land, and run down the back of Eldon Gardens popping out in the Haymarket where the Handyside used to be. It would then join the road up to the central motorway. You have to see a map to understand, it would involve knocking down the Strawberry !!! The latest of developments in and around of Gallowgate, have still allowed this to happen.

    The new policy in the City is to restrict traffic and even limit cars crossing the river, and they may just scrap that option and allow development this time. Therefore if we’re not happy about it – now is the time to have it blocked.

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  • Ron Knee

    Oct 14, 2019 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #32

    Round like a circle in a spiral
    Like a wheel within a wheel
    Never ending nor beginning
    On an ever spinning reel…

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  • hibbit

    Oct 14, 2019 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Jib
    were are you getting that Nexus blocked the development from ???

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  • geordietom

    Oct 14, 2019 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #34

    https://youtu.be/OXFh-mYh2dQ

    from the Thomas Crown Affair…

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  • geordietom

    Oct 14, 2019 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #35

    for us oldies great song means a lot that people can relate to …https://youtu.be/3_519h95XFs

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  • Jib

    Oct 14, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #36

    hibbit
    I remember it from the time of SJH when
    he instigated an engineers report and
    feasibility study which said that without
    considerable strengthening ad support work
    of the station and tunnel it wouldn’t be possible
    as soon as Nexus were made aware they whacked an
    objection straight in. Strangely they have removed the objections
    they had to the latest development recently.

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