Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: Save Gosforth Nature Reserve from housing development.
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Eric Pickles, MP

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: Save Gosforth Nature Reserve from housing development.

    1. Austin Hackney
    2. Petition by

      Austin Hackney

      Mitford, United Kingdom

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Gosforth Wildlife Faces Immediate Threat!

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, recently overthrew a decision by North Tyneside Council to refuse planning permission for Bellway to build 366 executive homes and a commercial property 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 400 metres to the north-east of Gosforth Park Nature Reserve and only 100 m 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 and wrote to North Tyneside Council asking them to turn it down on the grounds that:

* it is too close to an important wildlife site and will have a negative impact on the wildlife there;

* there will be a loss of farmland wildlife and foraging habitat for wildlife in the nature reserve;

*it will damage a wildlife corridor;

*there is insufficient mitigation for habitat/wildlife loss;

*the impact of additional traffic on the A189 and Haddricks Mill junction will be too great;

*it will contribute to urban sprawl

*there will be a loss of local recreation facility for walking and enjoying the countryside
there are other more suitable sites for development in North Tyneside that should be built upon first.

Bellway Homes have since revised their application to increase the number of homes to 366, thus making their scheme even worse! This application was submitted to North Tyneside Council at the end of November 2011. Over 1,000 people wrote to the Council to object to these plans including local MPs and conservation groups.

At a packed meeting in April North Tyneside Council’s Planning Committee voted unanimously to refuse planning permission. This was a great victory for the community and wildlife but unfortunately not the end of the story.

Eric Pickles, on behalf of the government, has decided to overturn the Council’s decision and give the green light to the housing development.

Please sign this petition to show your objection to the totally unnecessary destruction of one of the most important wildlife sites in the North East. The homes, remember, are 'executive homes' not even social housing and the devastating impact that this building would have on the utility of the reserve for wildlife - which includes rare reed bed habitat and is home to some of the UKs most threatened birds, small mammals, flora and insects - cannot be justified.

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You can find out more about the campaign to save the reserve here: http://www.savegosforthwildlife.com/

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(The image above of the reserve is by Phil Thirkell, used under the license CC-BY-NC 2.0 from his Flickr stream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/63008913@N00/306770020/)

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    News

    1. Petition closed and delivered! But there is still more you can do....

      Austin Hackney
      Petition Organizer

      Hi you wonderful people!

      The petition is now closed - with just a touch under 2000 signatures - THANK YOU so much for all you have done.

      The petition has been delivered and I'll let you all know what response we get.

      In the meantime, if you want to reinforce the power of this protest, you can email or write an individual letter, expressing your objections to the development of the land around Gosforth Park Nature Reserve.

      Address you letter/email to Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

      and send it either to eric.pickles@communities.gsi.gov.uk

      or House of Commons London SW1A 0AA

      Please do that now or as soon as you can and do encourage your friends to do so.

      We are on the last leg of this journey but we haven't yet arrived at our destination - one last, big push. It's working. Don't stop now.

      Peace,

      Austin.

    2. GOOD NEWS!

      Austin Hackney
      Petition Organizer

      In response to pressure and negotiations, partly inspired by this petition, Eric Pickles has delayed his final decision on the Bellway housing scheme (opposite the garden centre) until the end of this month. This is great news so let give it one final push before I close this petition in 7 days time and deliver it for maximum impact!

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • louise relton NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 12 months ago

      I am local and i want the wildlife protected. i have badgers dear and a red squirrel visiting my garden long may it continue !

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    • Moira Conway NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 12 months ago

      How dare he overrule local decisions, made by local people. This must stop! We can't kill off any more bees, butterflies and upset the balance of nature, I thought we had got over this central gov interference in local affairs. Our city our town WE DECIDE!,

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    • Brian Carss NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 12 months ago

      No more urban sprawl !

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    • rachael milor NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 12 months ago

      This site is approximately 400 metres to the north-east of Gosforth Park Nature Reserve and only 100 m from the woodland next to the reserve, which is designated as a Local Wildlife Site AND it will damage a wildlife corridor!!!

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    • Elliot Lea STOCKSFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 12 months ago

      As someone who lived in Gosforth for 18 months I know first hand how important this area is for wildlife and the local community. This development would indeed have a detrimental effect on both.

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