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Our view on the nutrient neutrality amendment

We do not need to choose between new homes and clean water, we can have both.

We’re very disappointed. The government’s nutrient neutrality amendment is a step backwards at a time we need to urgently move forward on nature recovery. With no river in good overall condition and only 14% in good ecological condition, restoring the health of our rivers needs to be a priority.

Our specialists have worked closely with planners, developers and farmers in the past and it is important to build up on, rather than halt the momentum. In the Mease and many other rivers in the Trent catchment, we have a good track record of delivering nature-based solutions that trap nutrients, and restore habitats. Current plans to relax nutrient neutrality are poorly conceived and will ultimately result in rivers with even higher nutrient levels and in poorer overall condition.

We must address the existing issues facing our rivers, as well as, the impact from new development, using practices that protect rather than pollute our rivers and natural places. Rivers are under immense pressure for a many reason and ensuring that all parties are accountable and part of the solution is key to river recovery.

If we want rivers, such as the highly-designated Mease, to recover, maintaining and strengthening laws that encourage sustainable planning decisions is an important part of our race to resilience.

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