SNW Annual General Meeting

Our AGM will take place on Monday, 26th February, at 7pm in the upstairs room of the Gosforth Hotel, on Gosforth High Street. Everyone is welcome to attend and we would be grateful for your input. The agenda is as follows: Chair’s Report Treasurer’s Report Election of Officers Don’t Hem in Havannah Newcastle Great Park Save Havannah’s Red Squirrels – … [Read more…]

Newcastle: Cleanest and Greenest

Newcastle City Council’s February Policy Cabinet meeting on air quality, will take place tomorrow, Thursday, 1st February at 4.30pm in the Urban Sciences Building in Science Central, Newcastle City Centre. The discussion paper, which sets out Newcastle’s vision to be one of the ‘cleanest, greenest and most innovative cities in Northern Europe’ does not refer to … [Read more…]

North of Tyne Devolution: Space for Nature?

The North of Tyne Devolution consultation is seeking views on proposed changes to how North East councils work together, in relation to housing and infrastructure, education, skills, employment and transport. You can find out more about the proposals here. Theres is no reference to how local authorities in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland will work … [Read more…]

Decision Day

Newcastle City Council today voted 10:1 in favour of plans for 1,200 houses adjacent to Havannah Nature Reserve. We spoke against the plans – which contravene local and national planning policy and will see inappropriate development in the Green Belt – alongside The Banks Group and Newcastle International Airport. The National Planning Casework Unit is … [Read more…]

Secretary of State: Call-In Request

Newcastle City Council has deferred its decision on the Cell A/B1 application until Friday 12th January 2018. We have written to the Secretary of State to request he calls in the application for his own determination and are encouraging others to do so, ahead of next week’s decision. We have put together a template letter … [Read more…]

Unlawful Development

Although we have been advised the application for 1,200 houses adjacent to Havannah Nature Reserve will go before committee on Friday 15th December, this has not yet been confirmed. There are still several significant issues with the application, which the developer must address before a decision can be made. Planning committee meetings are public meetings, … [Read more…]

Slow Progress

Thank you to everyone who supported our campaign to Put Nature on the Map on 1st November. As a result of our 3,000-strong petition, Newcastle City Council has committed to deliver its green infrastructure strategy, which it promised six years ago. We are awaiting confirmation of a clear timetable for completion of this strategy. We … [Read more…]

Put Nature on the Map in Newcastle

Newcastle City Council will debate our petition to Put Nature on the Map in Newcastle on Wednesday 1st November, at 6pm. Our petition now has more than 3,000 signatures and calls for greater protection for wildlife and green space and for the creation of new wildlife habitats. This is a unique opportunity to effect meaningful … [Read more…]

Urban Nature NE: Red Squirrels

September’s Urban Nature session was all about red squirrels. We learned about where squirrels live and why it is particularly important to look after Newcastle’s red squirrels. We got creative making red squirrel posters before taking a walk in Havannah Nature Reserve to see the squirrels dashing about on the forest floor, chasing each other … [Read more…]

Urban Nature NE: Small Mammals

Our latest Urban Nature NE session ‘Small Mammals’ was full of surprises. We were lucky to have Northumbria Mammal Group’s Veronica Carnell, who kindly set some small mammal traps in the run up to our event, to take us around Havannah Nature Reserve and introduce us to the little creatures that live in the undergrowth. … [Read more…]