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Havant Borough Council enable nitrate neutral regeneration and redevelopment

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow MP has visited Havant as its borough council became the first local authority in the country to enable regeneration and redevelopment through the novel solution of creating a nature reserve.

After local housebuilding was put on hold because of warnings about nitrates polluting the sea, Havant Borough Council purchased a farm which will be transformed into a haven for overwintering waders and brent geese – and will be run at no cost to the council or its residents.

The coastal site will enhance the borough’s internationally important coastline, and also help mitigate against rising nutrient levels across the area.

Nutrient levels – which can harm coastal feeding grounds – have recently impacted on planning applications for new homes along the Solent coastline – but Havant Borough Council has worked closely with Natural England to develop an innovative solution. This novel approach enables new developments to calculate their nutrient levels, and access a cost-effective scheme to offset their impact.

Because this is an easy to use offset mechanism it means that the area will be able to deliver much-needed development and regeneration.

Posted 11/09/2020 12:11

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