Nutrient neutrality

Havant Borough Council has an ambitious development agenda.

We are committed to permitting sustainable development, as long as includes the relevant environmental protections.

Part of the consideration of this is whether there would be a detrimental impact on the water quality of any European Designated Nature Conservation Sites.

Following recent case law, residential development and other schemes providing overnight accommodation will need to achieve ‘nutrient neutrality’.

On Wednesday 26 June 2019, Havant Borough Council’s Cabinet approved the Position Statement on Nutrient Neutral Development.

This puts in place mechanisms for development to achieve nutrient neutrality. For development on sites currently used for agricultural purposes, there must be an aim to achieve nutrient neutrality on-site.

However, for development on non-agricultural sites, particularly brownfield sites, this is not possible. The Position Statement sets out how development proposals should consider the issue.

As part of the information needed to determine relevant planning applications, a European Site avoidance and mitigation checklist will be required.

Planning applications will also need to follow Natural England's latest advice for achieving nutrient neutrality. The documents include:

  • Natural England’s latest guidance on achieving nutrient neutrality for new housing development (June 2020)
  • Non- Technical Summary (June 2020)
  • Nitrogen Budget Calculator (June 2020)

These documents can be accessed via the Partnership for South Hampshire website.

This should be submitted to the council as part of the suite of planning application documents.