Local residents are strongly opposed to the proposed development as they feel it is out of place for the area, will cause noise and traffic issues, and it encourages the consumption of junk food. The West End Residents’ Association (WERA) has instructed a barrister to represent the local residents at the inquiry.
WERA is asking residents to attend the inquiry if they can. It will be held on 16-18 November, then 23-24 November. Representation is particularly important on the first and third days 16 November and 18 November. Please get in touch with WERA by email on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
Newcastle City Council has refused the application for a drive-through Burger King at the former police station site on Westgate Road.
Two applications were submitted for the former police station site. The first was for a drive-through Burger King. The second was for shops and flats. Both applications were unanimously refused at the planning committee meeting on Friday 18 September 2020.
Local residents, who had been campaigning against the plans, expressed their relief at the decision and hope that a better use can be made of the site that meets the needs of the local community.
Members of the campaign would like to take this opportunity to thank the council planning department for their hard work considering comments/objections/support from the community. Thanks also to the councillors who supported their constituents by raising their concerns and the councillors on the planning committee for their transparent, detailed and thoughtful process. Finally, a big thanks to the 137 people who took the time to submit objections.
The meeting was live streamed and you can watch it below. The relevant section starts at around 2:09 (at around 11:30am).
The agenda and documents can be viewed on the council website:
Chi said, “The West End of Newcastle already has a huge number of fast food outlets. Residents complain to me regularly about the litter that they cause. We also know the North East has some of the highest rates of obesity in the country and all the consequences for health and quality of life. This location is very close to a primary school at a time when we need to be promoting a healthier start in life for the next generation of Geordies.”
The council’s public health department also oppose the scheme, stating that Newcastle’s provision of fast food outlets is more than 50% higher than the national average.
The planning committee meeting is at 9:30am on Friday 18 September. It will be live streamed so you can watch the meeting on YouTube. More details are on the council website: