Change of Plan

On 5th November 2018, Newcastle Great Park Consortium submitted further information relating to the environmental impact of proposed development for Cell A/B1 of Newcastle Great Park.

The plans have now been amended to remove the proposed pavilion, access track and parking areas from the Green Belt within Cell B1 and to reduce the length and change the route of the fencing around the playing fields.

We uphold our original objection, as the plans will still cause harm to wildlife and Green Belt and make a mockery of the democratic process.

We have put together an objection letter, which can be used as a template, for those wishing to object to the proposals. Please add your own comments, as individual objections hold more weight.

Even if you have objected to the plans previously it is important you respond to the updated plans.

Please email comments to planning.control@newcastle.gov.uk , quoting planning reference 2017/0666/01/OUT. Alternatively, you can register or login to comment on the council website, here.

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Dear Mr Nilsson,

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 on Green 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.

The amended plans do not address the concerns raised by Save Newcastle Wildlife and the Green Belt Assessment is flawed, incomplete and unreliable. There is inadequate provision of open space and there is insufficient space to facilitate sport pitches in Cell B1.  

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,

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