- Newcastle city council
Don't Hem in Havannah
Newcastle Great Park wants to build 1,200 houses and a school within metres of Havannah Nature Reserve, in Newcastle.
Havannah is a Local Nature Reserve, Site of Nature Conservation Interest and a last haven for red squirrels in Newcastle.
Several protected species, including birds, bats, badgers and great crested newt depend on the reserve and surrounding fields, which are used by several threatened bird species, including skylark, linnet, curlew, lapwing, yellow hammer and grey partridge.
Land around the reserve currently acts as a buffer zone between red and grey squirrels. Greys carry the deadly pox virus and outcompete reds for food, but 1,000+ houses with gardens would see the loss of this important buffer zone and grey squirrels would quickly colonise the reserve, wiping out the red squirrels.
Havannah is one of only two areas of lowland heath in Newcastle and provides habitat for twenty butterfly species – including the rare Dingy Skipper – and hundreds of moth species.
The proposed number of houses far exceeds – by hundreds – the number originally intended for the site, which was designated, until recently, as employment land.
So many houses in such close proximity to the reserve would devastate wildlife populations within and around the reserve.
An increase in recreational activity and domestic pets will have a severe adverse effects on wildlife, which will be compounded by light spill, noise and disturbance.
Please sign the petition to ask Newcastle City Council to significantly reduce the proposed number of houses on site and preserve one of Newcastle’s most important wildlife habitats.
- Newcastle city council
We object to proposals to build 1,200 houses and a school in such close proximity to Havannah and Three Hills Nature Reserve – one of the most important wildlife sites in the city and a last urban haven for the legally protected red squirrel.
The reserve provides habitat for several other protected species, including bats, badgers, great crested newt and the increasingly rare Dingy Skipper butterfly. The proposed development would eradicate the buffer zone around the reserve, which currently separates red and grey squirrels effectively and provides habitat for several red-listed birds, and would have a detrimental impact on wildlife in and around the reserve.
The proposals, if given permission by the planning committee, would see a net loss in biodiversity and would contravene national planning policy on conserving and enhancing the natural environment. The Core Strategy did not release this land for residential development on such a large scale and this proposal would contravene local planning policy.
We urge you to observe your duty to regard the conservation of biodiversity in the city and to significantly reduce the number of residential units proposed for this site.
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