The nutrient neutrality ‘fix’ won’t break development deadlock


The government’s new package of support to get housebuilding going won’t work in the short or medium term and is a missed opportunity to help SME builders, writes David Lohfink

C G Fry is just the sort of housebuilder that the government purports to support: a regional SME that builds beautiful places of high-quality design.

owever, the proposals set out in the written ministerial statement last week on nutrient neutrality do absolutely nothing to unlock the short and medium-term embargo on homebuilding in affected areas.

It is a missed golden opportunity to be bold and legislate for a real change in the way that the issue is currently dealt with via (mostly) very complicated and expensive nature-based solutions. 

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