Nitrates crisis: Natural England advising Winchester to refuse new housing schemes, says QC

Natural England has reportedly advised Winchester City Council to refuse new housing schemes unless they contain proposals to mitigate the effect of nitrate pollution.

Housebuilding in south Hampshire has ground to a halt after Natural England advised local authorities to stop granting planning permissions for new developments because of the impact of additional wastewater on nitrate levels in the Solent’s European protected sites. 

Five councils in the Solent area - Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant and East Hampshire - have suspending granting planning permission for new projects unless they can prove they will have no net impact on nitrate levels. 

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