Nutrient neutrality advice issued by Natural England to a further 42 authorities in England
Date of Article
Mar 21 2022
Sector
Planning & Development

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Issues relating to nutrient neutrality continue to grow with Natural England issuing advice to 42 further local authorities where Habitats Sites are in an unfavourable conservation status and additional nutrient loads, such as from development, may have an adverse effect.

Local authorities have been advised that planning applications and plans in affected areas should be carefully considered and mitigation should be used to ensure there are no adverse effects to meet the requirements of the Conservation of Species and Habitats Regulations 2017. The advice will have an immediate impact on planning applications and appeals in affected areas, requiring authorities to stall housing development until they can guarantee schemes are ‘nutrient neutral’. Local authorities may also need to reconsider the acceptability of current proposals in light of the advice.

This advice had previously been issued to 32 local planning authorities, including those in the Solent region as well as in Herefordshire, Kent, Somerset and Cornwall. A total of 74 authorities are now affected. Whilst Natural England have advised that “different local planning authorities are affected to different degrees”, it is clear that this is a now becoming a national issue, with concentrations of affected authorities in the south and south-west, the north-west, and East Anglia. 

The 74 authorities, in alphabetical order are:

1

Allerdale Borough Council

21

East Hampshire District Council

41

Malvern Hills District Council

2

Ashford Borough Council

22

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

42

Mendip District Council

3

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

23

East Staffordshire Borough Council

43

Mid Devon District Council

4

Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk

24

Eastleigh Borough Council

44

Middlesbrough Council

5

Bournemouth, Christchurchand Poole Council

25

Eden District Council

45

New Forest District Council

6

Breckland Council

26

Exmoor National Park Authority

46

New Forest National Park Authority

7

Broadland & South Norfolk Council

27

Fareham Borough Council

47

North Norfolk District Council

8

Canterbury City Council

28

Folkestone and Hythe District Council

48

North Warwickshire Borough Council

9

Carlisle City Council

29

Gosport Borough Council

49

North West Leicestershire District Council

10

Cheshire East Council

30

Great Yarmouth Borough Council

50

North York Moors National Park Authority

11

Cheshire West and Chester Council

31

Hambleton District Council

51

Northumberland County Council

12

Chichester District Council

32

Hartlepool Borough Council

52

Northumberland National Park Authority

13

Copeland Borough Council

33

Havant Borough Council

53

Norwich City Council

14

Cornwall Council

34

Herefordshire Council

54

Peak District National Park Authority

15

Darlington Borough Council

35

High Peak Borough Council

55

Portsmouth City Council

16

Derbyshire Dales District Council

36

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council

56

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

17

Dorset Council

37

Isle of Wight Council

57

Richmondshire District Council

18

Dover District Council

38

Lake District National Park Authority

58

Sedgemoor District Council

19

Durham County Council

39

Lichfield District Council

59

Shropshire Council

20

East Devon District Council

40

Maidstone Borough Council

60

Somerset West & Taunton Council

 

61

South Derbyshire District Council

62

South Downs National Park Authority

63

South Lakeland Council

64

South Somerset District Council

65

Southampton City Council

66

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

67

Swale Borough Council

68

Swindon Borough Council

69

Test Valley Borough Council

70

The Broads Authority

71

Vale of White Horse District Council

72

West Berkshire Council

73

Wiltshire Council

74

Winchester City Council

 

The Government have announced a series of practical, financial, and legislative measure to help address the issue of nutrient neutrality in affected areas across the UK. Further information on these measures can be found on the Government website.

For advice on what these changes mean for your site, please contact one of our planning professionals in one of our regional hub offices.