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Plans to build 350 houses opposite Gosforth Park Nature Reserve

Help us to stop over 300 houses being built opposite one of Newcastle's most important nature reserves.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, GPNR © Carl Hewitt

In September 2016 Persimmon Homes submitted plans to North Tyneside Council to build 238 houses on Gosforth Business Park. The area to be built on is directly across the A189 road from Gosforth Park Nature Reserve, which is managed by the Natural History Society of Northumbria.

The land is designated for employment uses as part of the Gosforth Business Park, however we have been monitoring the wildlife that has moved into this area – it has reverted to nature while being unused. The site supports a number of species which are listed as being of high conservation concern such as Grasshopper Warbler, Skylark and Grey Partridge. The site is used by many of the nature reserve’s mammals (eg Bats, Roe Deer, Fox, Badger and Hedgehog) and birds (eg Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush). There is also a population of butterflies such as Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Large Skipper.

The Natural History Society is objecting to the plans because of they are contrary to the local plan and not in a suitable location for housing. We are also objecting because of flood risk, ecological impact, landscape impact and traffic.

You can see the planning application by clicking here. or alternatively search North Tyneside Council’s planning website using the reference 16/01304/FUL.

You can read our letter of objection by clicking here.

The application has mysteriously excluded a block of farmland in the middle of the site. Given that this land is also owned by Persimmon we have to conclude that they also intend to build houses on this in future and have excluded it at this stage in order to reduce the likely objections to the appropriateness of a larger scale development in relation to traffic, parking, etc. The farmland would accommodate at least another 100 houses, meaning that the final impact would be around 350 units of housing and flats.

We are waiting to hear when this application will go before the Council’s planning committee.

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