Green Belt Grab

Newcastle Great Park Consortium is attempting to further erode important wildlife habitat in Cell B1 with its latest planning application.

The plans will already see unacceptable and large-scale loss of vegetation, trees and hedgerows, loss of Green Belt and further encroachment on Havannah Nature Reserve.

Cell B1 and the public right of way that runs through it is currently utilised for air and exercise by local people and has been a refuge for many during the coronavirus pandemic, however, soon it will be bounded by a 1.8 metre fence.

We have highlighted to Newcastle City Council the harm that the latest plans would inflict on wildlife and local communities.

You can object to the plans by emailing planning.control@newcastle.gov.uk, quoting planning application 2017/0666/09/RES.

We have put together a template objection, below.

Dear Mr Cowen,

Re: 2017/0666/09/RES

I object to all reserved matters applications associated with development in Cell A and B1 of Newcastle Great Park, as development on this scale and in such close proximity to a site designated for nature conservation will inflict unacceptable levels of harm to protected species and habitats, which can not be suitably mitigated for.

The above application constitutes inappropriate development in the Green Belt, as set out in Paragraph 90 of the NPPF. Policy NN4 of the CSUCP does not allocate Cell B1 for any form of development therefore any form of development in Cell B1 should be refused permission.

This development would see the loss of important wildlife habitat, strategic open space and public rights of way and will have a significant adverse effect on protected species in and around Havannah Nature Reserve.

Cell B1 was designated for nature conservation to mitigate for the harm caused by the development of Sage and park and ride facilities. Development of Cell B1 is contrary to national and local policies and should be refused.

This development will severely compromise the long term health and wellbeing of local communities and contribute to the further, unacceptable decline of wildlife in Newcastle, with devastating consequences for people and wildlife.

I therefore urge you to recommend refusal for this application.

Yours sincerely,

19 Comments

  1. Woodbine Worrier

    I looked up Great Park Consortium and it seems to be mainly Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey – I used the names plus ‘reputation’. It was a very interesting and very depressing experience.
    Woodbine Worrier

  2. lChristine Harris

    I am saddened that yet again builders are taking over land which is good wildlife habitat and for which they have no care.

  3. Becky Sharp

    Disturbing that the environment and critically declining wildlife are so disregarded. Very poor that the authorities are so unable to grasp that this is important

  4. The developers rule the Council. The oxygen levels for humans have depleted since the beginning of this concrete urban sprawl whilst the animal/wildlife population are disappearing fast. Shameful.

  5. When will the developers learn these plans are totally unacceptable to the residents of Newcastle, particularly those who use this green space for recreation.

  6. Sylvia

    I’ve lived here in Hazlerigg for 24 years and the wildlife is slowly disappearing
    Such a shame
    The next generation will just have to look at photos of what once was a beautiful place full of life and living

  7. Tony

    Its shameful that’s for sure

    People with zero contact with the area stopping proper education facilities to be built – where were you when the estate was proposed? – you know that an infrastructure around an urban development will help the environment?

    Local schools and shopping will have a massively positive impact on the local environment -you cant ever stop those gas guzzling 4×4’s unfortunately but you can mitigate pollution and protect the environment with a much better managed plan than this – try to work with the residents groups maybe?

  8. David

    I don’t understand why the soon to be former Sage building has not been looked at to either convert into a school or demolish in favour of the playing fields which this planning application is for. This is surely the ideal compromise which should be addressed?

  9. Susan Starforth

    Please leave the birds and animals some space of their own. They are a joy to hear and see. Walking around Havannah Hills on a lovely sunny day is pure bliss.

  10. Leanne

    Disgusting!!!

    These animals need to live, graze and run free on the land that was once theirs!

    See need our wildlife, for us and our future generations, we are so lucky to have the little what are there now.

    Give them a chance , we have lost so much, we dont want to lose our nature as well 🙁

  11. Angela Woodhall

    There are too many houses now. The wildlife need to be protected. They look lovely when you see them.

  12. Dawn Kitching

    Come on, wake up before it’s too late – do NOT build on this land, leave the wildlife corridor alone.

  13. Sarah

    Object to any further development around the park area. It’s detrimental to wildlife, the environment and future.
    Builders greed and unnecessary expansions of the estate, profits over anything
    Object to how the school built on green belt when it could be replaced on its current land

  14. Michael Smith

    Not only do wildlife need their habitat they also need to roam, for which they need wildlife corridors connected to other wild spaces.They need to forage and roam, just as we do.This enables diversity in our wildlife, which Boris Johnson has promised to increase.

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