Application withdrawn

On Tuesday 19th of November, a formal letter of withdrawal was submitted to planning officers. A new application will be required for further development of the site.

‘Further to recent discussion/correspondence in relation to the above, I confirm that the submission has been treated as withdrawn and that no further action will be taken upon it.
If at any future date you wish to proceed with the proposals, it will be necessary to prepare and submit an entirely new application.’

Residents are hopeful that there may be an opportunity to meet with the applicant or representatives to put forward ideas and talk about concerns prior to the next proposal.

Highways Authority recommends refusal of the application.

‘The Highway Authority do not support the current proposal and the application must be refused. ‘

‘There are serious highway safety concerns regarding the development proposal.  These are:

  1. The existing junction to be used and the entry is historic, however the intensification of its use combined with its physical location adjacent to the Westgate Road / Dunholme Road junction raises serious highway safety concerns that could not be addressed without a major amendment to the development layout.
  2. The circulation route of the drive through has the potential to block itself and thus queue back onto the adjoining highway
  3. Exiting from the site onto Westgate Road.
  4. Servicing arrangements for the development.’
  • Highway Works

‘ The highway authority cannot identify highway works as the current development has major highway safety issues that could not be mitigated against with highway works. ‘

Stop the dropper

Join us for a litter pick to keep our community tidy.

1:30pm – 2:30pm Saturday 2 November 2019

  • Meet outside the old West End Police Station (opposite the General Hospital site).
  • Wear old clothes and waterproofs.
  • We’ll provide litter picking sticks, gloves and bags.
  • Or… come along to leaflet and collect petition signatures.

Newcastle City Council Public Health object to the proposal

“Public Health at Newcastle City Council objects to the proposed
establishment of a drive-through fast food facility on the site of the old police station on West Road as it is at odds with section CS14 of the Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan for Gateshead and
Newcastle upon Tyne”

“At some point, we need to draw a line – not specifically in relation to Burger King, but in relation to the broader over-provision of unhealthy food options. Given the concomitant issues of pollution
and congestion in this instance, and notwithstanding the question of relative proximity to schools, this proposal seems a good point at which to draw that line.”

Online Petition Goes Live

After the very successful public meeting and the tremendous support that our councillors and MP are providing to our campaign we are planning to take our petition to the next level. We have, in a few weeks gathered 700 signatures. Now we want to expand and make it even easier to register our objection to the proposal. By the end of next week the public consultation is likely to close leaving petition and representation our only tools!! So in preparation for that fight SIGN and SHARE !!!!

If you have already signed the paper version you do not need to sign the online petition – its important that there are not duplicates

A Great Protest !!

We had a fantastic turn out on our first protest – There were representatives from the immediate neighbourhood and further field to support our aim of changing the development to something more sustainable and positive for the West End.

We communicated a really solid sense of unity and community spirit which was heard and noticed by a lot of passers by who were not aware of the development and show their support with much honking of horns !!!

Public Meeting Update

The Church of the Venerable Bede

Saturday 5th October 2pm – 4pm

 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 8AQ

The west end residents association are hosting a public meeting to discuss the proposal and where the campaign is.   It will be an opportunity to hear what has been done so far and what still needs to happen, and strategies for various possible outcomes.     Speakers from the council will share their views on the matter and there will be an opportunity to ask questions as to what you can do to help further.


A speaker from similar protest will also be presenting their experience when it happened to them and how they defeated the might of Macdonalds.

Update :

02/10/2019 Agenda Released !!

2pm: Welcome, introductions, apologies
Why this public meeting matters

2.10: Chi Onwurah (MP)
2.30: Steph Downey (MacDonald Campaign)
2.50: Questions and Comments to speakers
3.00: Cllr Nigel Todd (Arthur’s Hill)
Taymar Pitman (Green Candidate)
Cllr Rebecca Shatwell (Wingrove)
3.15: Other speakers and Open discussion
3.45: Next steps
4.00: Close.