Permission Refused

Thank you to everyone who contributed towards the cost of our legal challenge of Newcastle City Council’s decision on Cell A/B1 of Newcastle Great Park. We secured an initial total of £4,725 from generous pledges to our Crowd Justice page to go towards our solicitor’s fees – raising the first £1,000 in just 24 hours … [Read more…]

Legal Case Launched

We have launched our crowd funding page to raise funds to cover the cost of a judicial review of Newcastle City Council’s decision to allow Newcastle Great Park Consortium’s plans for 1,200 houses adjacent to Havannah and Three Hills Nature Reserve. More than £1,000 was pledged n 24 hours on the CrowdJustice page, which can … [Read more…]

Air Quality

Our response to the joint Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council and North Tyneside Council Air Quality public consultation calls for more green infrastructure and less overdevelopment, as well as measures to prioritise walking, cycling and public transport. Our response is set out below. We support plans to create more efficient bus routes and to upgrade … [Read more…]

Chris Packham’s Bioblitz

In July 2018, Chris Packham visited Havannah and Three Hills Nature Reserve, as part of his UK Bioblitz 2018: ‘Nature Reserves Are Not Enough!’. The tour took the naturalist to 50 UK wildlife sites to highlight the extent to which the nation’s wildlife is under threat. At each site, a team of ‘experts’ was on … [Read more…]


Newcastle City Council has confirmed it will contest our grounds claim for judicial review of its decision to allow development in Cell A/B1 of Newcastle Great Park. The plans, which are contrary to local and national planning policy on Green Belt and open space, and undermine a longstanding legal agreement between Newcastle Great Park Consortium … [Read more…]

Further Delay

Newcastle City Council has confirmed it is unable to provide a response to our summary of grounds for judicial review by 30th January 2019 ‘due to the nature and extent of the issues raised’. The council intends to provide a substantive response by 6th February. In the event that the council sees fit to plough … [Read more…]

Legal Action Triggered

We have given up waiting for the decision notice for Newcastle Great Park Consortium’s application for Cell A/B1 of Newcastle Great Park, which was minded for approval over a month ago. This morning, Wednesday 16th January 2019, we submitted our pre-action protocol letter to Newcastle City Council. The 22-page document sets out our grounds for … [Read more…]

Plastic Free Newcastle?

Last year we asked Newcastle City Council how close it had come to achieving the targets set out in the Waste Commission’s ‘No Time to Waste‘ report, in terms of its pledges to reduce plastic waste. We received the below response. We have reduced single-use plastics in the Civic Centre by stopping the use of … [Read more…]

Newcastle’s Tree Strategy: Our Response

The consultation on Newcastle City Council’s draft ‘Trees Newcastle: Newcastle City Council Tree Strategy 2018-2023’ closed on Friday 14th December. We submitted the below response, calling for more clarity on how tree cover will be increased and how the strategy will bring about meaningful change. Dear Sir/Madam, This document sets out Save Newcastle Wildlife’s response to … [Read more…]

Pathological Pursuit of Profit

Thank you to everyone who sat through almost three hours of Alice in Wonderland logic from Newcastle City Council officers and Newcastle Great Park Consortium this morning. Developer-led officers succeeded in bamboozling members of the planning committee into giving the thumbs up to unlawful plans that will harm the Green Belt and wildlife in Newcastle.  … [Read more…]