Decision details

Nitrate Neutrality Mitigation - measures to enable new housing development

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No




The Cabinet:

1. Noted the progress and on-going work set out in the report.

2. Noted the on-going improvements being undertaken to the

Council's assets and particularly the council housing stock that is

improving water efficiency and contributing to reducing nitrate


3. Noted the measures being taken through the Council's

management of its open spaces to reduce nitrate application and

nutrient emissions

4. Noted the dialogue between the Council, the University of

Portsmouth, and Natural England to support the introduction of

environmentally friendly measures to reduce nutrient build-up in the


5. Noted the dialogue between water supply and treatment

companies, registered social landlords, developers and public bodies

to establish a strategic partnership to reduce water consumption and

nutrient emissions within the area.

6. Noted the intention to create and manage a database of

contributions to mitigation to offset the potential impact of new

development, such creation subject to final Cabinet approval.

7. Noted an intention to adopt as soon as possible the combination

of measures, methodology and evidence set out in the report as the

Council's interim strategy for demonstrating 'nitrate neutrality' in the

determination of planning applications such adoption subject to final

Cabinet approval.

8. Will continue to work with other local councils through PfSH, the

Local Government Association and Members of Parliament to lobby

central government to resolve the contradictory positions held by

agencies within Defra and between Defra and the Ministry for

Housing, Communities and Local Government and to develop a

comprehensive, long-term, funded mitigation strategy for the Solent





Report author: Ian Maguire

Publication date: 23/08/2019

Date of decision: 23/08/2019

Decided at meeting: 23/08/2019 - Cabinet

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