42 councils are set to be newly hit by extended nutrient neutrality rules, meaning 74 will be impacted in total. Housing Today has obtained the full list.

The names of 42 councils to be hit by proposed nutrient neutrality rules that could severely hinder housing development have been obtained from the government by Housing Today.

Below is the list of councils that will be affected if the nutrient neutrality rules go ahead. The government released a consultation paper this week, which suggested all the below councils would not be able to allow developments that would lead to higher levels of phosphorous and nitrates in waterways.

There are already 32 councils affected and the government extended this by 42 more this week (see full list below)

Housebuilders have warned the rules could stop the development of tens of thousands of homes. The government has however said it is going to look at ways to ensure development can still go ahead.

It will offer £100,000 in funding to each affected catchment. This money will help councils work together to ensure ‘nutrient neutrality’ is achieved while allowing development to continue. 

Councils newly affectedCouncils affected since 2018
Allerdale Borough Council Ashford Borough Council
Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Breckland Council Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council
Broadland & South Norfolk Council Canterbury City Council
Carlisle City Council Chichester District Council
Cheshire East Council Cornwall Council
Cheshire West and Chester Council Dorset Council
Copeland Borough Council Dover District Council
Darlington Borough Council East Hampshire District Council
Derbyshire Dales District Council Eastleigh Borough Council
Durham County Council Exmoor National Park
East Devon District Council Fareham Borough Council
East Riding of Yorkshire Council Folkestone and Hythe District Council
East Staffordshire Borough Council Gosport Borough Council
Eden District Council Havant Borough Council
Great Yarmouth Borough Council Herefordshire Council
Hambleton District Council Isle of Wight Council
Hartlepool Borough Council Maidstone Borough Council
High Peak Borough Council Mendip District Council
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council Mid Devon District Council
Lake District National Park New Forest District Council
Lichfield District Council New Forest National Park Authority
Malvern Hills District Council Portsmouth City Council
Middlesbrough Council Sedgemoor District Council
North Norfolk District Council Somerset West and Taunton District Council
North Warwickshire Borough Council South Downs National Park Authority
North West Leicestershire District Council South Somerset District
North York Moors National Park Southampton City Council
Northumberland County Council Swale Borough Council
Northumberland National Park Test Valley Borough Council
Norwich City Council Wiltshire Council
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council Winchester City Council
Richmondshire District Council  
Shropshire Council  
South Derbyshire District Council  
South Lakeland Council  
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council  
Swindon Borough Council  
The Broads Authority  
Vale of White Horse District Council  
West Berkshire Council  
Peak District National Park Authority  

Source: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Natural England also published a ‘nutrient calculator’ to enable development to take place in a “sustainable way”.

Darren Rodwell, environment spokesperson for the Local Government Association, said: “Ensuring that environmental protection is at the heart of planning policy is a priority for all local authorities. There are no easy answers and solutions need to be tailored to each area. Government can help by working with councils to review housing targets, where this is appropriate, and the LGA and the Planning Advisory Service will work with councils to find solutions and we support the additional funding for catchment areas.”

He added that local development plans were the “key to successful and sustainable growth” and that the LGA is “seeking a position within the ministerial taskforce on this issue, to help the government deliver on a plan that works for all.”

The House Builders Federation this week warned ten of thousands of homes could be on hold if nutrient neutrality rule goes ahead.

James Stevens, director for cities at the HBF, said: “We have calculated that 60,000 homes have been delayed across 32 local authority areas before the addition today of a further 42 local authorities.

“We are urging government to agree proportionate measures that reflect the contribution of housing delivery to the issue without delay. The situation has already been ongoing for some years and it is imperative that solutions are agreed and implemented urgently.”