- Newcastle city council
Don't Hem in Havannah
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Newcastle Great Park Consortium wants to build 1,200 houses and two schools within metres of Havannah and Three Hills Nature Reserve, in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Havannah and Three Hills is a designated Local Nature Reserve and Local Wildlife Site 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.
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.
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.
The proposed number of houses far exceeds the number originally intended for the site. The Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan allocated land for 880 houses - not 1,200.
The application is flawed in terms of the principle and legality of the proposed location of playing fields in Cell B1 and the proposed residential development in Cell A.
Increased recreational activity and the introduction of more domestic pets in and around the reserve will have severe adverse effects on wildlife, which will be compounded by light spill, noise and other disturbance.
So many houses in such close proximity to the reserve would devastate local wildlife populations and threaten a nationally significant red squirrel population.
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 two schools 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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