Policy briefing: Natural England’s advice on ‘nutrient neutral’ development

New legal advice from Natural England has advised councils that new developments in the Solent region should only be permitted if they are nutrient neutral

Why has Natural England issued advice to councils in the Solent? 

Nitrogen and phosphorous pollution from waste water and agricultural run-off entering the Solent catchment and its European nature conservation designations is not new, but Natural England’s position on the issue has hardened over the past year. The result has been delays in housebuilding across the Solent. 

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