Category Archives: Blue House

Blue House and Jesmond Dene Road Working Group | Meeting #5

The Blue House and Jesmond Dene Road Working group met on Monday 28th November.  The notes from the meeting have been uploaded to the working group's website. This was our fifth meeting so here's a quick recap of what we've covered already (not in any particular order or priority). From an education and understanding perspective, we've learnt about: City Council policies and how they must be used to influence the design The mechanisms for funding transport plans Data covering collisions, Read more [...]

Blue House Measures of Success Part 1 | Policies

The Blue House and Jesmond Dene Road junctions need to change - to improve safety, to encourage more people to walk and cycle, to reduce air pollution - but how can we compare alternative proposals for these junctions?   This is the first of three posts covering potential success criteria that can be used to evaluate alternative proposals. The full list of potential criteria is listed in our write up of the second working group meeting.  In this first post the criteria we are looking at are: Read more [...]

Blue House and Jesmond Dene Road Working Group | Meeting#2 – 3/10/2016

The second meeting of the Blue House working group took place on Monday 3rd October 2016. A dedicated website has been developed by the Newcastle University's Digital Civics team who are assisting the Newcastle City Council and the working group members.  This website, has been set up to record the Blue House discussions and to hold supporting documents to the process.  The site is a public site where you are free to add comments or ask questions at the end of the Read more [...]

Blue House and Jesmond Dene Road Working Group | Meeting#1 – 19/09/2016

The first meeting of the Working Group met at the Civic Centre on Monday 19/9/2016 at 18:00.  At the time of writing, it's believed that every group listed in the Terms of Reference (total 20) had a representative, with the Youth Parliament apologising for absence, but would be represented in future meetings.  (**Confirmation required from NCC on final list of attendees) Welcome news was that the Working Group would be supported by Newcastle University Digital Civics, led by Professor Patrick Read more [...]

Why is the Town Moor special?

In this post we look at the Environmental Impact Assessment Screening & Scoping Report ("the EIASSR") lodged as part of the planning documents for the original plans for the Blue House roundabout and Jesmond Dene Road. The EIASSR's aim was to identify the different types of environmental assessments that would have been needed had those plans gone ahead. Read more [...]

Blue House funding – feeling reassured?

SPACE for Gosforth has received a response to our Open Letter to The North East Local Enterprise Partnership. In that letter we sought assurances that the funding for the Blue House, Jesmond Dene Road and Haddricks Mill proposals would only be released if those proposals met the NELEP's own commitments to reduce carbon emissions from transport and supported the use of shared and sustainable modes of transport. Read more [...]

Public Meeting Summary – “Building the West Gosforth we want” 24/8/2016

"Building the West Gosforth we want" Public Meeting at Trinity, hosted by Chi Onwurah MP our MP, with speeches by: - Catherine McKinnel, Newcastle North MP - Councillor Ged Bell, Cabinet Member for Investment and Development - Graham Grant, Head of Transport Investment Facilitated by Newcastle Digital Civics Department, Newcastle University With the Blue House plans being shelved and the announcement that the Council would engage with community groups and stakeholders, the potential for Read more [...]

A Better Future – Blue House

At the SPACE for Gosforth public meeting in Trinity Church we outlined how the size of the Blue House roundabout was due to a predicted increase in vehicle traffic; and how an alternative that prioritises helping people get about on foot, by cycle and public transport could be a viable alternative that meets Newcastle City Council's objectives and saves the Town Moor. This post is our feedback to the Blue House to Haddricks Mill scheme. You can comment on these proposals up to Sunday 21 Read more [...]

Follow-up: Public Meeting: Blue House junction – issues and solutions

A sincere thank you to everyone for taking the time (on a particularly beautiful evening!) to hear our views on the proposals for Blue House to Haddrick's Mill.  It was certainly a very full Trinity.  A special thank you to the Trinity members who helped us with the technology and seating. You can download the slide decks: Context (ppt pdf) Alternatives (ppt pdf) Action: What you can do (ppt pdf) It is important to challenge the proposed plan by Sunday 21st August 2016 to ensure Read more [...]

Blue House – at what cost to health?

The new Blue House is not designed just to cope with current traffic levels. The Council, we believe, is forecasting significant growth in traffic through this roundabout, leading directly to the junction's massive size and loss of green space on the Town Moor. We thought we would have a look at the Council's plans to see where this additional traffic might come from and what the impact might be on Newcastle as a whole. Helpfully the 'Newcastle City Council: Pinchpoint Application Fund Read more [...]