Newcastle United fans reject potential changes outside St. James’ Park

Many Newcastle United supporters have rallied in one united voice to potential changes being made outside of St. James’ Park.

Proposals were lodged in the summer for plans to build hundreds of flats, offices and a hotel on the ground next to St James. Park, in what could be a £120million redevelopment project of Strawberry Place.

Toon owner Mike Ashley sold the ground to Helios Investment Partners and Marrico Asset Management LLP earlier this year for a reported £9m.

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Newcastle United Supporters Trust have recently added their name to the growing list of hundreds of objections already placed, with the NUST claiming (via the Northern Echo) that the proposed plans for Strawberry Place would obscure a “defining feature of the Newcastle skyline”.

The NUST’s objection was filed with the Newcastle City Council at the start of the month and stated that views of St. James’ Park must remain possible and should be protected, which such changes would prevent.

Helios Investment Partners and Marrico Asset Management LLP’s project would include a 21-storey building, which includes 204 apartments, as well as a 13-storey hotel, which features 200 rooms, and a 10-storey residential building.

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Newcastle fans have also voiced concerns that such a redevelopment project would indefinitely rule out the possibility of the Magpies ever upgrading the capacity of the Gallowgate End of the stadium.

Many are now filling their own objections to the plans, and joining the hundreds to have already done so.

Here are some of the reactions shared…