Nitrates crisis: inspectors block homes after Natural England advice

Planning inspectors have blocked a clutch of proposals for new homes on the south coast following the new legal advice on nitrate levels adopted by nature regulator Natural England that has brought Hampshire housebuilding to a halt.

At the beginning of June, updated legal advice from the regulator advised local authorities that new developments in the Solent region should only be permitted if they are nitrogen-neutral.

The Solent is home to special protection areas (SPAs) and special areas of conservation (SACs), protected under the EU habitats and birds directive.

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