Don’t Hem in Havannah

Newcastle Great Park Consortium wants to build 1,200 houses and two schools within metres of Havannah and Three Hills Nature Reserve.

Havannah is a Local Nature Reserve, Local Wildlife Site and a last haven for red squirrels in Newcastle.

It contains one of only two areas of lowland heath in the city and provides habitat for twenty butterfly species – including the rare Dingy Skipper – and hundreds of moth species.

Land around the reserve currently acts as a buffer zone between red and grey squirrels. Several protected species, including birds, bats, badgers and great crested newt depend on the reserve and surrounding fields, which are used by several red-list bird species, including skylark, linnet, curlew, lapwing, yellow hammer and grey partridge.

The formal planning application has yet to be submitted, although it was due in November 2016.

Our petition against the proposals has already attracted more than 2,000 signatures. You can add your name here.

Petitions do not carry the same weight as individual objections. Please submit objections directly to Newcastle City Council as soon as possible.

You can login/register to submit objections here:

https://publicaccessapplications.newcastle.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=OPOK2PBS0EQ00

You can also email the case officer Adam Nilsson via adam.nilsson@newcastle.gov.uk, quoting planning application 2017/0666/01/OUT.

Below are some points to include in objections.

  • Land in Cell A is only allocated land for 880 residential units, not 1,200
  • The application for school playing fields within Cell B cannot and does not legally align with the approved landscape scheme for this area and the overarching Newcastle Great Park strategy
  • Newcastle will lose even more of its Green Belt if the playing fields are permitted in Cell B1
  • Increased recreational activity and more domestic pets in and around the reserve, as a result of high density development, will have severe adverse effects on wildlife, which will be compounded by light spill, noise and other disturbance
  • Cell A is of County value for ornithological importance and permitting this development would compromise an important habitat for breeding and wintering birds.