Legal Action Triggered

We have given up waiting for the decision notice for Newcastle Great Park Consortium’s application for Cell A/B1 of Newcastle Great Park, which was minded for approval over a month ago. This morning, Wednesday 16th January 2019, we submitted our pre-action protocol letter to Newcastle City Council. The 22-page document sets out our grounds for … [Read more…]

Plastic Free Newcastle?

Last year we asked Newcastle City Council how close it had come to achieving the targets set out in the Waste Commission’s ‘No Time to Waste‘ report, in terms of its pledges to reduce plastic waste. We received the below response. We have reduced single-use plastics in the Civic Centre by stopping the use of … [Read more…]

Newcastle’s Tree Strategy: Our Response

The consultation on Newcastle City Council’s draft ‘Trees Newcastle: Newcastle City Council Tree Strategy 2018-2023’ closed on Friday 14th December. We submitted the below response, calling for more clarity on how tree cover will be increased and how the strategy will bring about meaningful change. Dear Sir/Madam, This document sets out Save Newcastle Wildlife’s response to … [Read more…]

Pathological Pursuit of Profit

Thank you to everyone who sat through almost three hours of Alice in Wonderland logic from Newcastle City Council officers and Newcastle Great Park Consortium this morning. Developer-led officers succeeded in bamboozling members of the planning committee into giving the thumbs up to unlawful plans that will harm the Green Belt and wildlife in Newcastle.  … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]

Urban Nature: Fantastic Fungi

Our final Urban Nature NE session of 2018, Fabulous Fungi, will take place on Sunday 7th October, in Havannah Three Hills Nature Reserve. The reserve is one of the best sites in Newcastle to see fungi fruiting, with species ranging from the common to those with very few national records, and we hope to see lots … [Read more…]

War on Waste?

In March 2018 Newcastle City Council determined to put into practice recommendations of the Waste Commission’s ‘No Time to Waste’ report.  The report suggested a number of ways to cut waste across Newcastle, including:   • a voluntary ban on single use plastics in the city • a voluntary ban on drinking straws in pubs, … [Read more…]

Red Squirrel Week

Red Squirrel Awareness Week 2018 runs from 24th until 30th September. We are encouraging people in Newcastle to visit one of the city’s last Red Squirrel strongholds during this week of national awareness. Autumn is the best time of year to see red squirrels, either foraging on the woodland floor or scaling the tree tops. There … [Read more…]

Newcastle Airport Expansion Plans

We have submitted our comments in response to the Newcastle International Airport Masterplan 2035.   We have raised concerns about the proposed loss of vegetation, woodland, trees, hedgerows and Green Belt, and the impact on wildlife and biodiversity, in particular the red squirrel population in Havannah Nature Reserve.   The red squirrel population is becoming … [Read more…]

Systemic Failure to Conserve Wildlife

We have submitted a corporate complaint to Newcastle City Council regarding the systemic failure to monitor and enforce implementation of landscaping and ecological measures in Newcastle Great Park. This repeated failure – over 16 years – has resulted in significant harm to wildlife in the Great Park and across the wider area. There has been … [Read more…]