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Gosforth Wildlife Faces Immediate Threat! Planning Application submitted by Bellway Homes for 366 new homes!

14th December 2011

Please Act Now to Help Save Gosforth Wildlife from Development

At the end of November 2011 Bellway Homes submitted a planning application to North Tyneside Council to build 366 executive homes on land at White House Farm, West Moor. The site is currently open farmland to the east of the A189, opposite the Garden Centre. This site is approximately 400metres to the North-East of Gosforth Park Nature Reserve and only 100m from the woodland next to the reserve, which is designated as a Local Wildlife Site.

Bellway Homes originally submitted an application to build 267 homes in June 2011. The Natural History Society, Wildlife Trust and local residents objected to this application. There were a number of reasons for the objection including the fact that it is too close to an important wildlife site and will have a negative impact on the wildlife there!

We now have the opportunity to give the Council our views on the revised scheme.

All the information relating to the planning application is available on the North Tyneside Council website:

This includes 175 supporting documents that will take two days to read. If you don’t have that time we advise that you read the following:

  • Planning Statement
  • S106 – Heads Of Terms
  • Sustainability Statement
  • Transport Assessment
  • Residential Travel Plan
  • Non-Technical Summary
  • All the documents starting ES (which is the Environmental Impact Assessment that was conducted by E3 consultants working on behalf of the developer).

You can click here to see a plan of the proposed development.

The Natural History Society of Northumbria urge you to give your views now, before it’s too late!

You can give your views online (on the same page that has the planning information) or you can send them via email to or write to Ken Wilson, Head of Planning, North Tyneside Council, Planning Dept, Quadrant East, Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside NE27 0BY.

You should give your views by January 31st 2012.

You may find it helpful to read the response that the West Moor Residents Association, Natural History Society and Wildlife Trust made to the original application in June, as these will form the basis of our response (please note that because the planning application has changed we will have to revise our responses as well). You can view these by clicking these links:

If you would like more information or would like to get actively involved in the campaign to Save Gosforth Wildlife then visit or via the Save Gosforth Wildlife group on Facebook.