The Newcastle United Supporters Trust is calling upon supporters to lodge planning objections to new plans for the site on Stawberry Place. As many will know the lease on this land was previously in the ownership of Newcastle United until it was transferred to Mike Ashley and then sold on at a considerable profit – for Mike Ashley. In our opinion that is flagrant asset stripping but it also has the potential to restrict extension of St James’ park at such time when the club is properly run.

NUST has followed this piece of Ashley profiteering for years – has met with the council and developers, held public meetings and provided detailed updates for supporters. NUST is still attempting to both draw attention to this as well as do everything it can to block or mitigate against something which could have long term implications for the club. Newcastle United will not benefir one iota from this development or from the sale of the lease.

The notes below are from Newcastle United Supporters Trust:

A new planning application has been submitted to Newcastle City Council for the development of this land. The land was previously owned by Newcastle United until Mike Ashley sold it to himself, and then sold it on again at a significant profit. We fundamentally believe this strategic piece of land should still belong to the Club and could be developed as a key gateway into NUFC, and be pivotal to any future expansion of the Gallowgate, however far in the future this could take place.

The NUST Board have been in discussions with agents acting for the developers and will be meeting with them shortly to further express our concerns. In the meantime, we urge you all to log on to the Newcastle City Council website and object to the planning application reference: 2019/0879/01/DET.

The application can be found on the Newcastle Council website objections must be submitted by 1st August 2019.