Transform the Town Moor

The Town Moor is the biggest green space in Newcastle. As well as being grazed by the Freemen of Newcastle’s cattle, it is a designated Site of Local Conservation Importance and a valuable wildlife corridor. The moors support red-listed birds, including skylarks and meadow pipits, both of which nest on the ground. Newcastle City Council last surveyed … [Read more…]

Green Belt Grab

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 … [Read more…]

Legal Case in Full

The Royal Courts of Justice have finally confirmed that we are allowed to publish, in full, the transcripts of the court hearing and judgement in relation to our request for a judicial review of Newcastle City Council’s decision on Newcastle Great Park Consortium’s planning application for Cell A/B1. The full transcripts are set out below. … [Read more…]

Mowing Times and Pollinators

Pollinators are in steep decline. Small actions by local authorities, such as leaving grassed areas to grow in Spring and Summer can help bees, butterflies, moths and other pollinating insects. Stopping the use of harmful herbicides, which are known to harm both human health and wildlife – such as glyphosate – can also contribute to … [Read more…]

Wildlife-Friendly Development?

Following our unsuccessful legal challenge of Newcastle City Council’s decision on plans for Cell A/B1 of Newcastle Great Park, we have called on Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes to deliver wildlife-friendly development in Cell A. Specifically, we have called for: –               at least one native tree in every back garden … [Read more…]

Newcastle Needs More Parks

A study commissioned by Newcastle City Council highlights the need for 26 hectares of new parks for the people of Newcastle.  As yet, there is no evidence of any new parks being planned or delivered. Parks and green spaces are essential for people and for wildlife. And never have they been more in the spotlight than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parks provide … [Read more…]

Permission Refused

Thank you to everyone who contributed towards the cost of our legal challenge of Newcastle City Council’s decision on Cell A/B1 of Newcastle Great Park. We secured an initial total of £4,725 from generous pledges to our Crowd Justice page to go towards our solicitor’s fees – raising the first £1,000 in just 24 hours … [Read more…]

Legal Case Launched

We have launched our crowd funding page to raise funds to cover the cost of a judicial review of Newcastle City Council’s decision to allow Newcastle Great Park Consortium’s plans for 1,200 houses adjacent to Havannah and Three Hills Nature Reserve. More than £1,000 was pledged n 24 hours on the CrowdJustice page, which can … [Read more…]

Air Quality

Our response to the joint Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council and North Tyneside Council Air Quality public consultation calls for more green infrastructure and less overdevelopment, as well as measures to prioritise walking, cycling and public transport. Our response is set out below. We support plans to create more efficient bus routes and to upgrade … [Read more…]

Chris Packham’s Bioblitz

In July 2018, Chris Packham visited Havannah and Three Hills Nature Reserve, as part of his UK Bioblitz 2018: ‘Nature Reserves Are Not Enough!’. The tour took the naturalist to 50 UK wildlife sites to highlight the extent to which the nation’s wildlife is under threat. At each site, a team of ‘experts’ was on … [Read more…]