Council demands nitrogen neutral developments following legal ruling

A Hampshire council has adopted a first-of-a-kind nitrogen neutral plan to unlock housing that could not otherwise be built due to their potential effects on European protected sites.

Havant Council this week became the first local authority in the county to integrate a nutrient neutral development plan into its planning process, breaking a stalemate with Natural England which had frozen planning applications around the Solent.

The problems began after Natural England updated its advice – which is non-binding – relating to future development in the Solent, home to special areas of conservation (SAC) and special protection areas (SPA). 

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