A Small Victory

Our proposed judicial review claim, in relation to Cell A and Cell B1 of Newcastle Great Park, has prompted Newcastle City Council to take the application back to planning committee. This is a rare victory for us and we are pleased to see our efforts have not been in vain. The threat of legal action … [Read more…]

Urban Nature NE: Nurturing Nature

We have been awarded another round of funding from Postcode Local Trust, funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, to inspire and engage young people in Newcastle with nature and the outdoors. Last year’s Urban Nature NE sessions were a big success and we hope to continue this into 2018. The sessions will be held … [Read more…]

Another Bite at the Cherry

More than 3,000 people signed our petition to Put Nature on the Map in Newcastle. Our plea for Newcastle City Council to have better regard for biodiversity was debated in the chambers in November last year. But the council merely promised a Green Infrastructure Delivery Plan: a plan it promised seven years ago and never … [Read more…]

Bees & Butterflies

We have been awarded a grant from One Stop’s ‘Carriers for Causes’ to create a wildflower area in Hazlerigg. This is funded through monies raised from the 5p carrier bag charge in One Stop shops across the UK. The aim of ‘Bees and Butterflies’ is to attract pollinating insects with wildflowers, which can be enjoyed … [Read more…]

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…]