Havant Borough Council has received national acclaim, winning the natural environment category in the prestigious Planning Awards.
Announced in an online ceremony this afternoon, the council won the "Award for planning for the natural environment" for its visionary work with the Warblington Farm Nature reserve and its nutrient mitigation strategy.
Delivered in close partnership with Natural England and other partners including Bird Aware Solent and Solent LEP, the award was bestowed by an acclaimed judging panel representing the very best of the nation's expertise in planning, design and the environment.
The council's nutrient mitigation strategy was acknowledged as showing original thinking, swift action and true multi-disciplinary partnership. The judges recognised the strategy not only delivered a solution to the borough's planning needs, but also provided a genuine addition to the Solent's ecological landscape and - over time - a new asset for residents.
"I am delighted that Havant Borough Council has been nationally recognised for its pro-active approach to planning and the environment" said Councillor Alex Rennie, Leader of the council. "I am proud of the excellent work undertaken by the council's officers on this project, and the long-term, positive impact this will have on the borough's future prosperity".