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The recent government announcements regarding Nutrient Neutrality and subsequent news coverage may have caught your attention.

It has been reported that an amendment to the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill (LURB) will be introduced to modify the application of Habitats Regulations, which are integral to the Nutrient Neutrality matter. The amendment is expected to remove the ‘requirement’ on Natural England to advise councils against approving housing projects in areas where protected waterways are at risk of pollution. This shift in development consideration could have a significant impact and unlock sites around the country that were previously affected by this issue.

Legislation amendments are currently under review and require parliamentary approval before receiving Royal Assent.

While these proposed changes have already sparked controversy among environmental groups and the opposition, it is important to note that all development will likely be impacted.

As such, it is likely that you will still be recommended to assess and reduce your impact during the planning stages, as this will remain a key consideration regardless of occupancy allowances. We will continue to monitor this issue as it unfolds and provide updates as necessary…

At Brookbanks, we make it our mission to always stay ahead of the curve and keep our clients in the loop with the latest developments. With that in mind, we want to assure you that we are fully committed to keeping you informed every step of the way.

If you have any queries on how this may affect your portfolio, please don’t hesitate to contact our Nutrient Neutrality expert Dean Swann and his team for further advice.

See the announcement here!
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