Solution to south coast nitrates crisis ‘at least 6 to 9 months’ away

A partial housing freeze forced by high nitrates levels in protected areas will not be solved until next summer at the soonest, according to one of the councils affected.

Since June, 12 local authorities in south Hampshire – including New Forest District Council –  have been dealing with a partial planning freeze due to updated legal advice from Natural England, which said that new developments in the Solent region – home to EU legally protected sites – should only be permitted if they are nutrient-neutral, particularly in relation to nitrates. 

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