Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Setback for Home Hopes; DECISION TO BUILD 1,200 NEW HOMES DELAYED UNTIL NEW YEAR

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Setback for Home Hopes; DECISION TO BUILD 1,200 NEW HOMES DELAYED UNTIL NEW YEAR

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Byline: SONIA SHARMA Reporter sonia.sharma@trinitymirror.com

DELAYS have hit a decision on plans to build up to 1,200 homes at Newcastle's Great Park after new information came to light.

The proposals, put together by the Newcastle Great Park Consortium, were due to be discussed by the city council's planning committee yesterday.

But the panel decided to postpone the matter because an extra 20-page document was supplied to committee members late on Thursday and councillors felt they needed more time to look through it.

The 'supplementary document' included additional information on issues such as noise, green belt policy and bird strike, which happens when a bird collides with an aircraft.

A number of councillors said they had not had time to properly read the extra papers and they voted to defer a decision until the next planning meeting in January.

Coun Henry Gallagher added: "I do think this has come in too late. We need to make sure we make the right decision."

Coun George Allison, committee chairman, said: "We do apologise for this. But the information that came in last evening, members have not had a chance to read it."

Scores of objections have been lodged against the scheme, which involves the next phase of the Great Park.

It also includes the construction of a first school and a middle/high school.

Part of the site is located in the green belt - land on which playing fields and a changing pavilion are proposed.

However the plot where up to 1,200 homes are proposed is not in a green belt area.

The project has raised a number of concerns, with people worried about the impact on wildlife, traffic, loss of green belt space and the effect of the development on the nearby Havannah and Three Hills Local Nature Reserve.

More than 200 objections have been sent to the council and a petition with over 2,000 signatures was also submitted. …

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