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On behalf of the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability, at Newcastle University, I am writing this to express complete dismay at the proposals to build some 600 houses on currently open land in the Salter’s Lane Neighbourhood Growth Area, as this land immediately adjoins Gosforth Park Nature Reserve, and as such provides essential foraging habitat for the wide range of animals that find refuge in the Reserve (for more details on the proposal, click here).
Newcastle City Council is setting out its latest development plans, which they are calling their ‘One Core Strategy’, this includes a ‘Strategic Land Review’ in which they have identified potential sites for new development.
With an accelerating race for marine space by energy companies, aggregates, conservationists, and fishermen etc, etc (the list is pretty long and increasing); a key question for me is how we manage all of this human activity to ensure that it is sustainable? From a fisheries perspective how do we ensure an industry that is environmentally responsible, socially fair, and economically efficient?