Secretary of State: Call-In Request

Newcastle City Council has deferred its decision on the Cell A/B1 application until Friday 12th January 2018.

We have written to the Secretary of State to request he calls in the application for his own determination and are encouraging others to do so, ahead of next week’s decision.

We have put together a template letter (below), which can be sent to with an open copy to

Please add your own words and remember to include your name.

The more we highlight the illegalities of the proposals to central government, the greater the likelihood of getting the plans overturned, so it is important to act quickly.


Dear Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP,

Re: Newcastle City Council – Planning Application 2017/0666/01/OUT Newcastle Great Park

I am writing to you in your capacity as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to request call-in of the above major planning application, which conflicts with national policy on Green Belts, as set out in Section 9 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Section 38 (6) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act (2004) requires planning applications to be determined in accordance with the local development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

This application contravenes Newcastle and Gateshead Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan and the Master Plan for development in Newcastle Great Park. There are no material considerations to outweigh the development plan allocation and the clear harm caused by the proposals. Furthermore, there are no very special circumstances to justify inappropriate development in the Green Belt, and the proposals would result in substantial harm to the Green Belt and biodiversity.

Newcastle City Council has also misinterpreted Paragraph 74 of the NPPF and the extant development plan policy for open space protection. Such misinterpretation of local and national policy could set a dangerous precedent for the inappropriate change of use of parkland elsewhere, which would prohibit public access to the detriment of local communities.

I therefore request you call in this application for your own determination.

Yours sincerely,




  1. Grindl Dockery

    It is beyond belief sometimes what politicians say and do. We talk about protecting our natural environment which is under threat yet we are prepared to put it further at risk in the name of ‘development’. When there are alternatives to green spaces why are we building on them??? By your actions you will be judged! Where the rhetoric does not fit the actions, why should we believe anything our political leaders say?
    We all have to share this planet including wildlife and we need to protect and sustain it wherever we can in this era of ecocide.

  2. David Stebbings

    Newcastle City Council is ignoring strong public opinion against the scheme by approving this planning application. An important nature reserve will be damaged by building so close to it as well as cutting wildlife corridors.

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