Public inquiry closes

The public inquiry into the application for development of the former West End police station site took place between the 16 and 24 November at The Beacon, West Road.

The event was well attended, and we are proud to report that we overran the speaking time allocated for residents and interested parties on the first day. This effort set the tone for the days that followed.

For those who were able to attend and take part in the ‘round table’ discussions throughout the inquiry, thank you for your support and valuable contributions.

The West End Residents’ Association was represented by barrister Joe Thomas, along with three residents who gave evidence from lived experience to assist the inspector in making her decision.

It was a tough six days, but we feel we performed well in representing ourselves and the West End.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Dr David Webb, Councillor Joyce McCarty and retired planning inspector David Cullingford whose contributions brought extra weight to our case.

Finally, we would like to convey our heartfelt thanks to our benefactors Charles and Helen Dix, whose generosity allowed the residents’ case to be heard.

It’s a waiting game now.

The decision will be displayed on the inspectorate’s website:

Reference: APP/M4510/W/20/3263441

Copies of the final speeches from the three barristers are below:

Details of public inquiry

Newcastle City Council has circulated details of the public inquiry to be held in a fortnight.

The Inquiry will commence at 10:00 am on Tuesday 16 November 2021 and is scheduled to last at least 4 days (until 19 November 2021) but with two contingency days (23 and 24 November 2021).

The Inquiry will be held at the Skylight Meeting Room at The Beacon, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 9PQ.

It will also be possible to attend online or watch the Inquiry online. Anyone wishing to view or take part online should email

Further details can be found on the council website:

Planning Appeals at Former Police Station, Westgate Road

Public inquiry to be held next month

Plans to build a drive-through Burger King on the site of the old police station on Westgate Road will go to a public inquiry in November.

The plans were rejected by Newcastle City Council in September 2020 but the developer appealed the decision earlier this year. The appeal is being heard at a public inquiry starting on 16 November 2021.

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 if you would like to attend.

More details can be found in the update below.

Developer appeals council decision

The plans for a drive-through Burger King were refused by Newcastle City Council on 18 September 2020But now the developer is appealing to the secretary of state to overturn the decision.

Newcastle City Council’s planning committee along with local residents were strongly opposed to this proposal for the following reasons:

  • A drive-through Burger King would look out of place and would not improve the character of the area.
  • The only entrance and exit to the drive-through, shops & flats is at the top of Dunholme Road.
  • 120 cars per hour could result in queues forming onto Dunholme Road junction and Westgate Road.
  • Temptation for school children to eat unhealthy food.
  • Trees and greenery on the site have been removed and the development does not improve the landscape.
  • The development is in a residential area and would cause noise disturbance from cars, deliveries, waste collections and kitchen equipment.

During the planning committee hearing, it was noted that rarely does a proposal contravene so many council policy directives.

Local residents are dismayed that the developer is continuing to proceed with this poorly thought out development and hope that the appeal will be turned down.

You can make your voice heard by submitting a comment to the planning inquiry. Comments must be submitted by 1 April 2021. The date for the inquiry hasn’t been set yet.

This is the last chance to stop this development.

For more details of the appeal please see the formal notice from the council:

Plans rejected by council

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:

Planning Committee Friday 18th September, 2020 9.30 am