Planning for nutrient neutrality: uncertainties and opportunities

Planning for nutrient neutrality: uncertainties and opportunities
Planning for nutrient neutrality: uncertainties and opportunities

In many parts of the UK, the development sector is facing significant barriers to new proposals due to failure to demonstrate sufficient mitigation of nutrient pollution from new developments. Although critical to planning application success, progress on how to deliver nutrient neutral development seems faltering.

Through discussion with stakeholders, including Natural England (NE) and local planning authorities (LPAs), global environmental consultancy Ricardo has identified that, while there is a strong ambition to implement a range of mitigation solutions that enable new housing targets to be met, there is uncertainty around whether proposed measures will meet Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) in perpetuity benefit requirements. This refers to the need for UK developers to implement nutrient mitigation measures that produce demonstrable long-term nutrient load reduction. In this article Ricardo experts, Drs Gabriel Connor Streich and Jenny Mant, discuss some of these uncertainties and suggest how they might be addressed.

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