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Major Step Forward For Project Pitchside

Newcastle City Council has backed plans submitted by Newcastle United Foundation to build a state of the art centre for sport, education and wellbeing half a mile from St James’ Park.

The Council’s planning committee was unanimous in its support of the development, with a minded to grant planning permission decision, subject to finalising a Section 106 agreement.

This means that once the Section 106 agreement is in place in early autumn 2018, the Foundation will be given the green light to bring an existing community asset back into use, benefiting both local residents and the wider region.

Project Pitchside will be located on the on the site of Murray House Recreational Centre just to the west of Newcastle city centre. The site was originally used to provide training opportunities for men and boys as shipbuilding declined in the 1930s and was rebuilt in the 1970s on the current site.

Detailed plans by Ryder Architecture were submitted in February this year for a three storey building. Ground floor includes two four-court multi-sports halls, community spaces and an activity studio, first floor is dedicated to learning with four classrooms and digital education space plus office accommodation for partners. A 3G roof-top pitch takes centre stage on the third floor.

Head of Newcastle United Foundation, Kate Bradley, said: “This is an important milestone for Project Pitchside and very exciting news.”

“The next step is to finalise the section 106 agreement so we can complete the asset transfer. We have pledged to the Trustees of Murray House Community Recreation Centre that we will keep the important history of Murray House alive as we move forward into the next phase of our development, ensuring our centre continues to serve the community for generations to come.”

“Once all the paperwork has been completed we will launch a heritage project so we can help local people record and archive their stories about Murray House from the 1930s to the present day.”

Chair of the Murray House Community Recreational Centre added:

“We are delighted that planning permission has been granted, which will allow things to move onto the next stage. This is such positive news for the Murray House trustees, Newcastle United Foundation and of course the community. All our efforts can now be focussed on creating a building fit for purpose with a long lasting legacy.”

For more details on Project Pitchside, to view our plans or find out how you can get involved click here.  

For more information on becoming a Project Pitchside Partner please contact Sarah Medcalf Development Manager sarah.medcalf@nufc.co.uk


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