Phosphates crisis: Councils call for government intervention to unblock 11,000 homes

Council leaders have called on the government for £140,000 to help them process nearly 800 planning applications comprising proposals for 11,000 homes across Somerset, which have been put on hold due to excess phosphates overloading an internationally prized area for wildlife.

by James Agyepong-Parsons
Natural England is worried that new planning applications without appropriate assessment will harm the Somerset Levels and Moors Ramsar site. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images
Natural England is worried that new planning applications without appropriate assessment will harm the Somerset Levels and Moors Ramsar site. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

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