NUST reported last month (27th November) how NUST board members had recently met with representatives of Maricco Ltd who were acting as developers for the site behind the Gallowgate End where the car park adjacent to St James Metro station is situated. Whilst being reluctant to reveal who they were acting for - our representatives informed them it was within the Mike Ashley group of companies - it was quite clear from the meeting that the development did not include any plans for a ground extension, nor indeed did the configuration of the site leave any opportunity for a future extension of the Gallowgate End. As previously reported by NUST, a joint report commissioned by the club and the City Council as recently as 2008 detailed exactly how an extension of the Gallowgate End over the site could be completed. It is clear that this proposal appears to have been abandoned by the club.
NUST can now confirm, as anticipated, that the planning application to the Council has been submitted for the site and it appears to be consistent with the information provided at last month's meeting. See Evening Chronicle article.
Whilst other Premier League clubs appear to be either moving to grounds with greater capacity or extending their own grounds to increase capacity, it is clear that there is no such intention here at Newcastle.
We have written to the club for information but sadly, although of no surprise, we have received no response.
Whilst the land was originally leased to Newcastle United it appears to be no longer within their control and therefore even for those supporters who didn't believe a ground extension a viable option it should be noted that regardless, any profit from the site will not flow to the club.
NUST intend to write to the Council making representations in respect of the site and would encourage supporters to do likewise.
If any planning experts would like to assist with this process please contact NUST on email firstname.lastname@example.org