Solent developers to pay greater biodiversity fee

Conservation bodies around the Solent would receive more cash from housing developers under draft plans

Protected salt marsh sits side-by-side with industry and shipping in the Solent. Photograph: Chris T CooperDevelopers planning to build new homes near the coast of the Solent may have to pay substantially more into a biodiversity mitigation fund in future.

The Solent Recreation Mitigation Partnership, a group of regional local authorities and bodies such as Natural England and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, opened consultation on the plan 17 July.

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