Two posts in one day! But this is apposite to the last. More updates on attempts to concrete over the Green Belt from the ever hopeful and hard working Rachel Locke and John Urquhart of Save Newcastle Wildlife
The door of the New Year is still ajar, so there is still time to wish you a Happy New Year – Chinese style! – and to enlist your support in protecting green space in and around Newcastle.
Ponteland is currently besieged by planning applications set to further erode the green belt.
The Banks Group has its sights set on churning up more green belt with 400 houses by Rotary Way (16/04408/OUT), while Lugano’s plans for a 2,000 house ‘Dissington Garden Village’, north west of Darras Hall (16/04672/OUTES), is still being considered, despite Northumberland County Council’s failed submission to central government for backing for this proposal. Only 14 Garden Villages were announced by the government and Dissington Garden Village was NOT one of them.
Northumberland County Council has not yet finalised its local plan, which is due for public examination in Summer. To allow these applications to proceed before a consistent plan is approved would be premature and would result in disproportionate loss of green belt.
Both applications have attracted hundreds of objections already.
To object to the Banks application please register here to make a comment: http://ow.ly/qnKw308tSSW
To object to the Lugano application please register here to make a comment: http://ow.ly/HIQ3308tTw7
Alternatively you can object to both applications by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the individual planning references on each email.
Save Our Green
The Save Our Green group is urging people to support the campaign against building on the last green space on the Montagu Estate, in Kenton.
The planning committee will meet this Thursday, 2nd February, at 9.30am in Newcastle Civic Centre, where the application (2016/1703/01/DET) will be considered. Please attend if you can.
If you can’t make the meeting, it looks like you can still object to the application here http://ow.ly/y7gR308tVrh
Havannah Nature Reserve
We are still awaiting the planning application for Cell A, adjacent to Havannah Nature Reserve, which could see 1,200 houses, some of them just 30 metres from the reserve. We were advised the application would be submitted before Christmas and then that it would be in last week, so it must be due imminently. In the meantime, we are still encouraging people to sign the Don’t Hem in Havannah petition http://ow.ly/2TUF308tVOg
Gosforth Park Nature Reserve
We are still awaiting confirmation as to when the Persimmon application for 238 houses opposite Gosforth Park Nature Reserve (16/01304/FUL) will go before committee. It would appear that North Tyneside Council is still resolving some issues with this application. You can still comment on the application here http://ow.ly/cej8308u0hW
Thanks you for your continuing support.
Rachel Locke & John Urquhart
Save Newcastle Wildlife