Nitrates crisis: Natural England raises objection to ‘super peninsula’ development

Portsmouth City Council says it could press ahead with a major housing development on protected habitat despite an objection from Natural England on environmental grounds.

In a bid to meet housing targets, Portsmouth City Council earlier this year revealed plans to reclaim parts of Portsmouth Harbour between Tipner West and Horsea Island.

The “super peninsula” proposals include the reclamation of 22 hectares of Special Protected Area (SPA) and Ramsar habitat, which could host 2,200 new homes as well as roads, businesses and a school.

However, Natural England has objected to the plans, citing its concerns about the potential loss of habitats, an increase in sewage water into the harbour and the disturbance to brent geese and wader birds.

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