Nutrient neutrality: Tackling challenges and embracing environmental opportunities

Nutrient neutrality: Tackling challenges and embracing environmental opportunities
Nutrient neutrality: Tackling challenges and embracing environmental opportunities

The legal requirement for some developments to be 'nutrient neutral' to meet habitat regulations has created a new set of challenges for local planning authorities and developers. New development must avoid or mitigate the potential eutrophication risks created by net increases in nutrient export to protected conservation sites.

Failure to comply with this legal requirement could result in delays to development projects or rejection of planning applications.

In this webinar recording, Ricardo experts, together with guests from Havant Borough Council and Partnership for South Hampshire, showcase their experiences of addressing nutrient neutrality at local, regional and national levels.

Guest speakers share their perspectives on navigating nutrient neutrality including how local planning considerations are linked to regional nutrient neutrality strategies. These perspectives are used to frame Ricardo’s experience of working on nutrient neutrality at local and national levels, in addition to reflecting on lessons learned and how best to approach nutrient neutral development.

Ricardo’s experts also highlight how nutrient neutrality presents environmental opportunities through the use of nature-based solutions to mitigate nutrients related to new developments.


Guest speakers

  • David Hayward – Planning Policy Manager, Havant Borough
  • Simon Kennedy – Strategic Environmental Planning Officer, Partnership for South Hampshire


Ricardo team

  • Claire Pitcher – Principal Consultant, HRA Technical Specialist, Ricardo
  • Dr Gabriel Connor-Streich – Senior Consultant, Water Management, Ricardo
  • Dr Jenny Mant – Technical Director, Water Management, Ricardo

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