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 email@example.com, quoting planning application 2017/0666/09/RES.
We have put together a template objection, below.
Dear Mr Cowen,
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.