Phosphates crisis: How the ‘Dutch case’ is stifling housebuilding in England

A council has been forced to delay planning decisions for more than 1,000 homes due to excess phosphate levels in a protected area. James Agyepong-Parsons looks at how an EU ruling known as the 'Dutch case' is impacting development proposals in England.

by James Agyepong-Parsons
Planning permissions for housing developments are on hold around the upper Lugg river catchment. Photograph: Jim Wood/Barcroft Media via Getty Images
Planning permissions for housing developments are on hold around the upper Lugg river catchment. Photograph: Jim Wood/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

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