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Save Gosforth Wildlife

Find out about the Save Gosforth Wildlife campaign and help us to protect Gosforth Park Nature Reserve and its wildlife from being surrounded by development.

Girls protesting at Gosforth Park © Kaleel Zibe

Local residents, the Natural History Society of Northumbria and Northumberland Wildlife Trust are encouraging people t to oppose plans put forward by housing developers and Newcastle and North Tyneside Councils that would surround Gosforth Park Nature Reserve with new houses and business developments. On this page, you can find information about the plans and how to join the campaign and use your voice to help protect this fantastic nature reserve and its wildlife for future generations.

There are several development proposals threatening the nature reserve and its wildlife:

1. Persimmon Homes have submitted a NEW application to build 217 homes on the land opposite Gosforth Park Nature Reserve. In doing so, threatening to damage one of Newcastle’s most diverse Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). We remain staunchly proposed to any residential development here and, despite assurances from and an ecological report commissioned by Persimmon, will be reiterating our objection to the plan. We hope that you, our members and supporters, will join us in providing a voice for local wildlife. Object here

2. North Tyneside Council is in the process of producing plans for building developments up to 2030. These plans propose building on the majority of remaining open land in North Tyneside that is not in the Greenbelt. This includes several sites close to Gosforth Nature Reserve. We have objected to some of these sites being included in the plans. We have also been working with the Council to improve the ecological aspects of their plans, such as wildlife corridors. To find out more click here.

3. Property developers are at an early stage of producing proposals for open land between Gosforth Park and Weetslade Country Park. This is on a wildlife corridor linking the two sites and we are concerned that any development on this site should retain corridors for wildlife. We are in discussions with North Tyneside Council about our concerns. The site is being called “Indigo Business Park” and you can read more by clicking here.