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Nitrates

Nitrogen neutral housing development

Natural England (NE) have raised the issue of a likely significant effect on several internationally designated sites. These sites are:

  • Special Protection Areas (SPA)
  • Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)
  • Ramsar sites

The issue is due to the increase in wastewater from the new developments coming forward. The Solent has recognised problems from nitrate enrichment. High levels of nitrogen from human activity and agricultural sources in the catchment have caused excessive growth of green algae. This is having a detrimental impact upon protected habitats and bird species.

We have published a Position Statement. This statement sets out our approach to:

  • new housing development being proposed on the island
  • island land being used for ‘nitrate credits’ to offset mainland development

Some of the information on this page links back to our council website (iow.gov.uk)

Contact information

Planning Policy

Seaclose Offices
Fairlee Road
Newport
Isle of Wight
PO30 2QS

Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm
Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm