Renewed Call to Action

Newcastle Great Park Consortium has submitted new evidence as part of its plans to hem in Havannah with residential development.
This is their attempt to address the legal issues we raised in January, however, it is woefully inadequate and fails to take fully into account our concerns.
 A new public consultation on the plans is now live and we are encouraging people to submit further objections by Saturday 25th August .
Almost 6,000 people have signed our online petition against the plans, but only 236 objections have been lodged with Newcastle City Council, who will decide on the application.
You can login or register and object to the plans here.
Alternatively you can email, quoting planning application 2017/0666/01/OUT
We have put together a template letter, which can be amended and submitted to the council.

Re: 2017/0666/01/OUT Cell A and B1 Newcastle Great Park


I object to planning application 2017/0666/01/OUT on the grounds that such development would have a negative impact on landscape and ecological habitats and result in loss of Green Belt and open space, with significant harm to biodiversity.


Section 38 (6) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act (2004) requires planning applications to be determined in accordance with the development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is afforded significant weight in planning decisions as a material consideration.


The proposed development is not in accordance with the local development plan, which does not release Cell B1 from the Green Belt, and there are no very special circumstances to justify this development in the Green Belt.


This application contravenes the council’s own planning policies and those of central government. The applicant’s dismissal of alternative, less harmful proposals, shows a lack of regard for local and national policies onGreen Belt, Open Space and Biodiversity.


Newcastle City Council has failed to enforce the requirements of earlier consent to landscape Cell B1 for nature conservation, which is part of a legally binding agreement.


In addition to the adverse effect on landscape and ecology, the increase in traffic generation as a result of this proposed development will have an adverse effect on air quality and expose existing and future residents to increased levels of traffic congestion and harmful emissions. The proximity of the proposed development to Newcastle International Airport will also subject future residents to unacceptable noise levels.


Unless the application is amended to remove Green Belt encroachment in Cell B1, Newcastle City Council cannot make a lawful decision to grant planning permission and has no alternative but to refuse planning permission for this proposal.


Should Newcastle City Council see fit to approve this application it will be open to legal challenge.






Yours sincerely,


  1. Pauline Lloyd

    Can you tell me what the result of the petition and the objections were please. I am Campaigns coordinator for the Newcastle RSPB local group.

    • Hello Pauline,

      Thank you for getting in touch.

      The petition is still live and has more than 6,000 signatories.

      The application is also still live and open for comment.

      It would be useful if the RSPB could object to the proposals, which would have a significant adverse effect on birdlife.

      Many thanks,


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