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, Havant Borough Council’s Cabinet approved the Position Statement on Nutrient Neutral Development (please see below). 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. This should be submitted to the council as part of the suite of planning application documents.