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Phosphates and Nutrient Neutrality

River Axe Special Area of Conservation (SAC)

On 16th March 2022, this Council along with others within Somerset, Devon and Dorset received a letter from Natural England that confirmed  the River Axe Special Area of Conservation was in an unfavourable condition and therefore local planning authorities would need to consider the adverse impacts of new development on the designated habitat site.

The advice required that the local planning authorities as the Competent Authority under the Habitats Regulations Assessment to consider the nutrients impacts of any new plans and projects and whether those impacts may have an adverse effect upon the integrity of a habitats site that requires mitigation through nutrient neutrality.

The advice is relevant to all types of overnight accommodation including new homes, student accommodation, care homes, tourism attractions and tourist accommodation and permitted development8 (which gives rise to new overnight accommodation) under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015.

In addition to the documents provided by Natural England, the Chief Planner for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DHLUC) also wrote to all local authorities on 16th March providing an update upon DHLUC’s position and support available for each catchment. Letter.

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