Nitrates crisis: ‘The planning system is effectively at a standstill’

Legal advice from Natural England has brought Hampshire housebuilding to a halt. But why exactly have the area’s authorities felt the need to effectively bring in a moratorium on new development? And what are the chances of the situation being resolved any time soon? Adam Branson investigates.

by Adam Branson
Brent geese: Solent is home to 10% of the global population (picture: Peter Prokosch, Flickr)
Brent geese: Solent is home to 10% of the global population (picture: Peter Prokosch, Flickr)

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