Planning granted for £120 million development in Newcastle
Fans are not impressed with the decision
Permission has been granted for a £120 million development of homes, offices and a hotel in Newcastle despite opposition from football fans who said it will spoil a famous view of the St James' Park stadium.
Supporters also argued the scheme would prevent possible future development of the ground's Gallowgate end but council planners went along with the application for the Strawberry Place site, which could generate 1,200 jobs.
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger previously praised St James' Park, saying it "dominates the skyline" and was a "sporting citadel".
Fans walking to a game from the city centre are afforded an imposing view of the ground above them as they make their way up past Strawberry Place.
Despite protests from the Newcastle United Supporters Trust group and more than 1,700 objections, planners gave the go-ahead on Friday.Published: by Radio NewsHub